Montgomery, Ala – The Honorable Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles Director Cam Ward to her cabinet on July 28. Ivey surprised Ward with the appointment and a pinning ceremony during what he thought was a routine meeting.
“I am excited for our agency because this is a first for us. It is also a testament to the great job of the employees at Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.” said Ward. “This will allow us increased ability to work on criminal justice goals, such as reducing recidivism, necessary for the continuing improvement of our great state.”
Ivey appointed Ward as Bureau Director in November 2020. Ivey said, “Director Ward has hit the ground running on day one, and he is doing an excellent job leading the Bureau of Pardons and Paroles and helping our state prioritize criminal justice matters. I look forward to his insight and experiences that can be shared with his cabinet colleagues and know he will bring added value to our team.”
Ward also serves as Chairman of the Commission on Reentry. The primary goal of the Commission, adapted from Section 3 of Alabama Senate Bill 221, is identifying, implementing, and promoting evidence-based research, policies, strategies, and programming to support successful reentry and reintegration.
It is the mission of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles to promote and enhance public safety through cooperation and collaboration with the Legislature, the Courts, criminal justice agencies, victims, and the community by providing investigation and supervision services in a holistic approach to rehabilitating adult offenders.