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Alabama board denies parole for accused killer Jimmy O’Neal Spencer

By VOCAL | August 12, 2022

Updated: Aug. 09, 2022, 11:48 a.m.|Published: Aug. 09, 2022, 9:41 a.m. Mike Cason | mcason@al.com The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles today denied parole for Jimmy O’Neal Spencer, whose parole five years ago sparked outrage because he stands accused of robbing and killing two women and a child eight months after his release. Attorney General Steve…

Community awareness credited with helping human trafficking victims during World Games

By VOCAL | July 20, 2022

By Catherine Patterson Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 8:13 AM CDT|Updated: 12 hours ago BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Law enforcement officials who worked behind the scenes to track down human traffickers during the World Games credit community awareness in saving victims’ lives. Federal, state and local law enforcement all worked together on Operation Games STOP during the weeks leading up to and…

After deputy’s fatal shooting, officials want changes to Alabama’s ‘ultra-lenient’ Good Time Law

By VOCAL | July 7, 2022

By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com The 26-year-old man with a lengthy rap sheet charged in the killing of a Bibb County deputy sheriff should not have been out of lockup when the deadly shooting took place, according to some state authorities. Austin Patrick Hall, charged with capital murder in the slaying Bibb County Deputy Brad Johnson and attempted…

DNA leads to suspect’s arrest in sexual assaults of 7 women in Jefferson County

By VOCAL | July 2, 2022

By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com A 27-year-old man has been charged on more than a dozen cases in the sexual assaults of seven women in the Birmingham area dating back so far to 2014. The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office on Friday announced the arrest of 27-year-old Quindarrius Dominic Carter. He was booked into the Jefferson…

Alabama Senator drafting bill to put cameras in special education classrooms

By VOCAL | June 26, 2022

By Kellie Miller Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 8:25 AM CDT HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – Madison mother Kimberly McFadden has been pushing for cameras in special education classrooms for years. She successfully fought for cameras to be put in special education classrooms in Madison City Schools, and recently took her concerns to state leaders, including Sen. Arthur Orr.…

Governor announces two additional mental health crisis centers

By VOCAL | May 3, 2022

Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday announced the funding of two additional Mental Health Crisis Centers, further expanding the Alabama Crisis System of Care. overnor Kay Ivey on Monday announced the funding of two additional Mental Health Crisis Centers, further expanding the Alabama Crisis System of Care. The two new centers add to the four existing centers…

A look back at criminal justice reform legislation that passed, failed

By VOCAL | April 14, 2022

The Alabama Legislature during the last session passed a few notable criminal justice reform bills, but several failed to make it out of both chambers. hen Alabama lawmakers passed a $1.3 billion new prison construction package late last year, some were quick to admit new buildings alone wouldn’t solve the state’s prison crisis, and promised…

Governor Ivy Signs Nick Risner Act into Law

By VOCAL | April 14, 2022

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed House Bill 143, which is named in honor of Sheffield K-9 Sgt. Nick Risner, who was murdered in October 2021 by a man previously convicted of manslaughter. The Nick Risner Act, which is sponsored by Rep. Phillip Pettus, prevents convicts who used a deadly weapon to kill someone from…

Alabama Senate passes bill to delay fees for released prisoners

By VOCAL | April 7, 2022

The bill would delay fines and fees for the recently released for 180 days. he Alabama Senate on Wednesday quickly passed numerous largely non-controversial bills, and among them was legislation that would give those released from custody extra time before having to pay fines and fees.  During the 180-day period after a person is released…

Attorney Steve Marshall Issues Statement in Support of Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles

By VOCAL | February 28, 2022

Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey Fights for Bail Reform

By VOCAL | January 14, 2022

Senator Jimmy Holley has spent over half of his life as a lawmaker.

By VOCAL | December 23, 2021

By STEVE FLOWERS Alabama Political Reporter Legendary state Senator Jimmy Holley has decided to not seek reelection to the state Senate next year after 44 years in the Legislature. He will be missed in the state Senate. For the past decade, Holley has become a mentor and confidante for incoming state senators, especially the members…

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