Cuts to Parole Board could lead to more crime

By Melanie Posey

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Officials with the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles say massive budget cuts could lead to more crime.  

Robert Oakes, who is the agency's assistant executive director, says one of the first things the department will do if the budget is cut is park parole and probation officers cars, preventing them from doing what's called field work.  

"You can't send officers out to verify homes, check employment and serve warrants," Oakes says.  

Oakes says the department may also have to cut officers, who each average 200 cases each.  With layoffs, Oakes says that could grow to as many as 300.  

"It'll increase crime," Oakes says. "When you have up to 50,000 felons who are not adequately supervised, they will be free to do what they want to do."

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