Overview

Created on January 11,1988, the Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance (AGOVA) was established to provide statewide assistance to victims of violent crime. The journey through the justice system can be traumatic, especially for victims of violent crime. AGOVA offers victims and victims' families a place they can turn to before and after their offender is sentenced. AGOVA provides direct victim assistance and referrals for victims through its toll-free hotline, 1-800-626-7676. Some of the services provided are listed below. Let us know if there is other information you would like to see on our website.

Services this Office Provides

AGOVA offers victims and victims' families a place they can turn to for answers before and after an offender is sentenced. Our goal is to help victims understand the judicial process, advocate for their rights and maintain contact so they can be kept informed and updated on all matters pertaining to the case that has impacted their lives. Understanding your rights as a victim of crime is important for you and your family.

VICTIM NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

Crime Victim Information

Please ensure the Alabama Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance has your current address. You may not be notified of the sex offender's release if you do not fill out this form. Section 15-20-34 of the Code of Alabama, as amended by Act 2001-1127, requires the Alabama Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance to notify victims of their criminal sex offender's release from prison. Specifically, this section provides: The Alabama Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance shall notify the victims who file a written request to be notified of a criminal sex offender's pending release. This request may be made on a form provided by the Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance. The Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance shall send a notice to the address provided on the form notifying the victim that the criminal sex offender will be released and the location at which the criminal sex offender will reside. It shall be the responsibility of the victim to inform the Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance if the victim's address or any other pertinent information on the notice request changes. If the notice sent by the Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance is returned as undeliverable, no further action shall be required of the Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance. See 2001 Ala. Acts No. 01-1127. The Alabama Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance can be reached by calling 1-800-626-7676 or 334-242-7342. Please complete the online form below:

VICTIM NOTIFICATION FORM

Pardon and Parole Protests

The Alabama Board of Pardon and Paroles notifies victims by certified mail (with a copy to AGOVA) 30 days before an inmate convicted of a violent crime is scheduled to come up for parole or pardon consideration. AGOVA makes a written protest against early release of the defendant on behalf of the victim. In those cases where the victims choose to be present at pardon or parole hearings, AGOVA assists the victims by explaining the process and describing the environment of the hearing. At the victim's request, an AGOVA representative will also attend this meeting with them.

Guidelines for Sentencing and Parole Considerations Life
  • A criminal offender can be up for parole "consideration" on a life sentence after serving 10 years or one-third of the inmate’s remaining life expectancy, whichever comes first.
  • Parole can be granted in less time if ALL THREE parole board members sign for parole to be granted. 

Class A Felony Convictions

This sentence can range from ten years to Life, or, if a deadly weapon is used in commission of the crime, from twenty years to Life.

  • Inmates cannot earn Incentive Good Time on a Class A felony conviction, even if the sentence is only ten years.

Class B Felony Convictions

The sentence can range from two years to twenty-years, OR, if a deadly weapon is used in commission of the crime, the range is from ten years to twenty years.

  • Inmates are automatically eligible to receive Incentive Good Time on any sentence up to fifteen years, which decreases their actual number of years to serve before reaching their End of Sentence date, and also means that they reach the ‘one-third’ of their sentence sooner.
    • EXAMPLE: "John Smith" was sentenced to 12 years on September 1, 1989 for a conviction of manslaughter. He has served only 3 years, 7 months, and 20 days, but because he has already earned 1 year, 3 months, and 8 days of Incentive Good Time, he will reach his End of Sentence date on November 11, 1994. (He has a parole hearing on December 9, 1992.)
  • Inmates, technically, can be paroled at any time as long as all three parole board members sign for his/her parole. When the inmate has served at least one-third of the sentence, only two signatures are required for parole to be granted.

Class C Felony Convictions

The sentence can range from one year and one day to ten years, OR, if a deadly weapon is used in commission of the crime, then no less than ten years.

  • Parole guidelines are the same as with Class B Felonies.
Miscellaneous Information

When an inmate is paroled, he/she is under the supervision of a parole officer until the End of Sentence date, and can be restricted by the Parole Board from returning to the county(ies) where the victim and/or the victim's family resides. If the inmate serves until the End of Sentence date, he/she is "free" with no supervision and no restrictions.  Therefore, in most cases, it is advantageous to the victim and society if the inmate is on parole for a while before reaching the end of sentence.

Open Public Meetings

These meetings are commonly referred to by most of us as parole hearings, and are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning at 8:00 a.m. The hearings are informal and are held for one inmate at a time with his/her family, friends, lawyer, pastor, or whoever wishes to attend, sitting at the front of the room. The victim and/or victim’s family, or attendees sit at the back of the room. Those appearing on behalf of the inmate are allowed to speak first and give their reasons as to why they think the inmate should be paroled. The victims and their supporters then give their reasons why the inmate should not be paroled.  The inmate or defendant will not be present during the Parole Hearing.

When a request for assistance is made from the victim and/or victim's family or anyone in the District Attorney's Office or law enforcement, an AGOVA representative attends the hearings and protests on the victim's behalf. 

 

AGOVA - Victim Assistance Links


Alabama Service Organizations

Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance
501 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130-0152
Phone: (334) 242-7342
Toll Free: (800) 626-7676

Alabama Coalition Against Rape
P.O. Box 4091
Montgomery, AL 36103
Phone: (334) 264-0123

VOCAL-Victims of Crime and Leniency
P.O. Box 4449
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 262-7197
Toll Free: (800) 239-3219

Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission
P.O. Box 231267
Montgomery, AL 36123-1267
Phone: (334) 290-4420
Toll Free: 1(800) 541-9388 (For Victims Only)
Fax: (334) 290-4455

Alabama Department of Human Resources
Family & Children Services
50 Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 242-9500

Alabama Office of Prosecution Services (Alabama District Attorneys)
P.O. Box 4780
515 South Perry Street
Montgomery, AL 36103-4780
Phone: (334) 242-4191

Alabama CAN (victims.alabama.gov)

Board of Pardons & Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
P.O. Box 302405
Montgomery, AL 36130-2405
Phone: (334) 353-7771 or (334) 353-8067
Fax: (334) 242-1809

Child Protect
935 South Perry Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 262-1220
Fax: (334) 262-2252

Department of Corrections-Commissioner's Office

301 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 353-3870

MADD-Mothers Against Drunk Driving
2101 Eastern Blvd., Suite 320
Montgomery, AL 36117
Phone: (334) 277-7722
Toll Free: (800) 635-0722 (Victim Hotline)
Fax: (334) 277-8228

National Children's Advocacy Center
210 Pratt Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 533-KIDS (5437)
Fax: (256) 534-6883

Alabama NENA (National Emergency Numbers Association)

Focus Adolescent Services - Family Help in Alabama
Toll Free: (877) 362-8727
help@focusas.com

The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV)
P.O. Box 4762
Montgomery, AL 36101
Phone: (334) 832-4842
Fax: (334) 832-4803

 

National

Child Welfare Information Gateway
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW
Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Toll Free: (800) 394-3366

The Compassionate Friends

P.O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
Phone: (630) 990-0010
Toll Free: (877) 969-0010
Fax: (630) 990-0246

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849–6000
Toll Free: (800) 851–3420
Fax: (301) 519–5600

National Association of Crime Victims Compensation Boards
P.O. Box 16003
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone: (703) 780-3200

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building
699 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3175
24-hour Hotline: (800) THE-LOST / (800) 843-5678
Phone: (703) 224-2150
Fax: (703) 224-2122

National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
Phone: (775) 784-6012
Fax: (775) 784-6628

National District Attorney's Association
44 Canal Center Plaza Suite 110
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-9222
Fax: (703) 836-3195

National Organization for Victim Assistance
510 King Street, Suite 424
Alexandria, VA 223141757
Information and Referrals for Victims of Crime and Disaster:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Toll Free: (800) TRY-NOVA  / (800) 879-6682
Phone: (703) 535-NOVA (6682)

National Sheriff's Association
1450 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 836-7827
Toll Free: (800) 424-7827

National Center for Victims of Crime
2000 M Street NW, Suite 480
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 467-8700
Fax: (202) 467-8701

Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Toll Free: (800) 851-3420l

Office for Victims of Crime
U.S. Department of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW., Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20531
Phone: (202) 307-5983
Fax: (202) 514-6383

Parents of Murdered Children
100 East Eighth Street, Suite 202
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
natlpomc@aol.com
Phone: (513) 721-5683
Toll Free: (888) 818-POMC
Fax: (513) 345-4489

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
6400 Flank Drive Suite 1300
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone: (717) 545-6400
Toll Free: (800) 537-2238

National Association of Counsel for Children
13123 E. 16th Avenue, B390
Aurora, CO 80045
Toll Free: (888) 828-NACC
advocate@naccchildlaw.org