General Hearing Information

Due to COVID-19, no one is allowed to attend any hearings in person until further notice. Please see our COVID-19 Hearing Information page for more information.

Parole and pardon hearings are held in Open Public Meeting each week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday unless otherwise noted.

Hearings are held at 100 Capitol Commerce Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36117. When you arrive, please pull around to the back of the building to park and enter the waiting rooms. If you park in the visitor’s parking in front of the building, you may be towed. Please look for signs directing you to the waiting rooms. Our waiting rooms open at 7:30 AM. Please do not arrive prior to 7:30 AM.

All victims, victim advocates, victim representatives, law enforcement officers, and officials may wait in the designated “Victim” waiting room. All other persons may wait in the designated “Non-Victim” waiting room. When you arrive, you must pass through a security screening. No weapons of any kind are allowed on the premises. Once you have been screened, please check in at the kiosk or with an intake clerk. You will be required to provide the name, relationship to either the victim or offender, and contact information for each participant in the hearing.

If you have a disability and wish to attend a hearing, please contact our Chief of Security at 334-324-5772 for assistance.

The Open Public Meeting begins at 8:00 AM for the Board to conduct any non-hearing business. The hearings are then called at the Board’s discretion, with priority given to those hearings with victims present. When your case is called, you will be escorted to the hearing room.

Hearing Process:

Please note that an inmate will not be present for a parole hearing. However, a pardon applicant may be present.

Anyone present on behalf of the offender will be allowed to speak first and give any explanation as to why the offender should be granted parole or a pardon. The Board may ask questions and allow you to present any documentation at their discretion.

Anyone present on behalf of the victim or protesting the granting of parole or a pardon will then be allowed to address the Board. The Board may also ask questions and allow you to present any documentation at their discretion.

The Board will then enter Executive Session to discuss any information in the offender’s file. Once they have discussed all necessary information, they will vote on whether to grant or deny the pardon or parole. The Board may announce this decision at the conclusion of the hearing to those present. If they choose not to announce their decision, you may check our website under Parole Results or call us at 334-242-8700 on the Friday following the hearing.

Hearing Room Policies:

  • All hearings are open to the public. If you wish to attend hearings other than your own, you may inform a security guard that you would like to attend the hearings and they will escort you to the hearing room in between hearings.
  • All minor children must remain in the waiting room with an adult, unless they are the victim of a hearing on the docket.
  • If you choose to attend hearings, you cannot enter or exit the hearing room except between hearings or for emergency purposes.
  • If you choose to remain in the waiting room, you will be notified when your case is called for a hearing and escorted to the hearing room.
  • You must turn off all cell phones and refrain from talking while in the hearing room.
  • Anyone giving testimony before the Board will be sworn in by the Board’s bailiff and will give testimony one at a time at the hearing room podium.
  • Do not approach the Board’s bench without being told to do so by the Board or the Board’s bailiff.
  • Please refrain from making any type of outburst while in the hearing room. Once your hearing is finished, you may remain in the hearing room or exit the hearing room quietly as directed by security.