Legislative News

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…

Fundraising Events

By VOCAL | October 4, 2021

VOCAL hosts an annual golf tournament, where patrons can donate to help support our organization and be sponsored for these events. View the brochure of our most recent tournament here, as well as details on sponsorships. 2021 brochure


VOCAL Calls for Reforms to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles

By VOCAL | October 4, 2021

MONTGOMERY — Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL), the State’s largest victims’ advocacy coalition, on Tuesday expressed the organization’s full support and the urgent need for legislation reforming the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The legislation has already passed the Alabama House of Representatives. “We sincerely hope that the Alabama Senate will make this legislation…


Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Settlement with Victims’ Families in Jimmy O’Neal Spencer Case

By VOCAL | October 4, 2021

(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the State of Alabama would pay the maximum damages that may be awarded under state law—$1 million*—to the families of Jimmy O’Neal Spencer’s three alleged murder victims. The families allege that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles wrongfully paroled and failed to supervise Spencer, resulting in the deaths…


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Signing HB380 Into Law

By VOCAL | October 4, 2021

Attorney General Steve Marshall Hails Alabama Senate Passage of Legislation to Reform State’s Badly Broken Pardons and Paroles Board (MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall hailed the passage of legislation today by the Alabama Senate to reform the badly broken Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. House Bill 380, sponsored by Representative Connie Rowe, R-Jasper,…

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