Right to Inspect & Make Copy Of your Criminal Record: 32-2-60 through 32-2-62
Right to Challenge (information on your criminal record): 41-9-645
Judicial Review of Challenged Information: 41-9-645
Purging, (Erasing, Expunging) Non-conviction Information: 41-9-645
To apply for a pardon, write to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles in Montgomery and request an application for a pardon for restoration of your civil rights.
Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
P.O. Box 302405, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2405
(Note: If you were convicted under a city ordinance, you should apply for a pardon from the mayor of the city of conviction and not the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Montgomery.)
Certain persons applying for a pardon, including felons convicted after May 6, 1994 and felons incarcerated as of that date, must submit a DNA sample as a mandatory condition of the pardon. If you are unsure whether your DNA sample is on file with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, contact your probation or parole officer.
WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY REQUEST FOR A PARDON APPLICATION?
Your request for a pardon should include the following information:
1. Name convicted under
2. True name
3. Sex and race
4. Date of birth
5. Social Security Number
6. AIS# (Alabama Prison number), if you have one
7. Current physical address including county
8. Current mailing address, if different
9. Indicate whether the conviction was a State or Federal conviction
10. Home telephone number
11. Work telephone number, if you have one
12. List of charges, county you were convicted in, and year of conviction
WHAT TYPE OF INFORMATION DOES THE PARDON APPLICATION REQUIRE?
The application seeks information about the crime for which you lost your right to vote, and other basic personal information, including employment history and a list of references.
WHO CAN I CALL FOR HELP WITH MY PARDON?
If you have any questions about the restoration of your right to vote, you can reach the Board of Pardons and Paroles at: 1-334-242-8730. You may also contact your probation or parole officer for guidance on the process.
If you apply for a pardon. Thirty days notice must be provided to the following people before you may be granted a pardon:
Alabama Attorney General, presiding judge, prosecuting attorney, and the chief of police in the city where the disqualifying crime occurred. Notice must also be given to the victim for certain enumerated crimes.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE ONCE I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION FOR A PARDON?
Once you submit your pardon application to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, it will be forwarded to a probation officer for completion of an in-depth investigation. The investigation may take up to one year to complete. The following matters will be investigated:
1. Have you committed any additional offenses since the disqualifying crime was committed? If so, your pardon application may be denied.
2. What is your personal, social and employment history? Are you currently employed? Your references will be contacted, including current and former employers, current and former spouses, as well as friends and family members.
3. Have you paid all restitution and court fees? If you have any outstanding fees or fines, including your annual supervision fee of $30.00, your pardon application may be denied. Once the investigation is complete, the investigating probation officer will write a report recommending approval or denial of your pardon application. Also, a letter is sent to the victim requesting input on whether to grant or deny your pardon application. Finally, a date for a hearing before a three-member panel of the Board of Pardons and Paroles will be set. You will be notified at least 30 days prior to the hearing, which will be conducted at the following location:
Lurleen B. Wallace Building, 2nd Floor, 500 Monroe Street, Montgomery, Alabama
At your hearing, you will be allowed an opportunity to present your case before the three member panel. Note that your attendance at the hearing is not mandatory. Notice of the hearing is provided to the appropriate authorities, as well as the victim. (See above). The victim will have an opportunity to oppose your pardon at the hearing. A three-member panel of the Board of Pardons and Paroles has ultimate authority to grant or deny your pardon application.
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