Pardon Unit

The Pardon Unit is responsible for processing investigations for Voter Rights Restoration, Pardons and Remissions of Fines and Forfeitures.

To make application for one of the above, an applicant may apply by one of the following methods:

     1)      Contacting the local State Probation and Parole Office in the area the applicant lives.

     2)      Contacting the Board of Pardons and Paroles by telephone and asking to speak with the Pardon Unit staff.

     3)      Contacting the Board of Pardons and Paroles in writing.

     4)      Contacting the Board of Pardons and Paroles electronically.


The request should include all of the following information:

     a)      Name under which convicted

     b)      True name

     c)      Sex and race

     d)      Date of birth

     e)      Social Security Number

     f)      AIS# (Alabama Prison #), if you have one

     g)      Current physical address including county

     h)      Current mailing address if different from physical address

     i)      Indicate if the conviction was a State or Federal Conviction

     j)      Home telephone number, including area code

     k)      Work or alternate telephone number, including area code

     l)      Complete list of convictions, county of convictions and year of convictions

NOTE: The applicant should indicate if they are only interested in voting rights or both voting rights and a pardon. If the applicant is interested in a pardon, he/she should indicate if he/she needs a misdemeanor pardoned for purposes of obtaining a license (such as bonding or nursing, etc). If this is not indicated, it will be assumed that the applicant is only interested in having felony convictions pardoned.

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Not all applicants are eligible for voter rights restoration.

Applicants may qualify if they:

          Have one or more felony convictions from any state or federal court

          Have no pending criminal felony cases,

          Have paid all fines, court costs, fees, and restitution ordered at the time of sentencing on disqualifying cases in full,
 
          Have completed their sentence,
 
          Have successfully completed probation or parole.

Applicants with convictions for any of the crimes listed below are ineligible for voter rights restoration:

           Impeachment,

           Murder,

           Rape (any degree),

           Sodomy (any degree),

           Sexual Abuse (any degree),

           Incest,
     
           Sexual Torture,

           Enticing a Child to Enter a Vehicle for Immoral Purposes,

           Soliciting a Child by Computer,

           Production of Obscene Matter Involving a Minor,

           Production of Obscene Matter,

           Parents or Guardians Permitting Children to Engage in Obscene Matter,

           Possession of Obscene Matter,

           Possession with Intent to Distribute Child Pornography or

           Treason

If the applicant meets the criteria, an investigation will be completed.  Based on the results of the investigation and a favorable determination by the Board of Pardons and Paroles, a voter right restoration certificate will be issued.

Please note that due to an Attorney General opinion, a person does not lose voting rights unless the felony conviction involves moral turpitude. Our agency has determined that Felony DUI and Possession of Drugs do not involve moral turpitude.

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