Voices for Victims

I-Team Special Report: Voices For Victims

 

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Gov. Ivey signs bill to reform Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles

This bill creates a Director of Pardons and Paroles, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Alabama Senate, and provides strict rules and guidelines to ensure violent offenders do not receive early, wrongful paroles.

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WAAY 31 I-TEAM: Alabama Senate passes bill to reform state parole board

It now heads to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature.

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WAAY 31 I-TEAM: Senate committee OKs bill to change parole board

The bill passed the House earlier this month.

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WAAY 31 I-TEAM: Alabama to pay $1 million to families of Jimmy Spencer murder case victims

The families allege that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles wrongfully paroled and failed to supervise Spencer, resulting in the deaths of Marie Martin, Colton Lee and Martha Reliford.

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WAAY 31 I-TEAM: Deadline approaching for Alabama to show Department of Justice it's improving prisons

Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers agree Alabama's prisons are in bad shape.

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WAAY 31 I-TEAM: Alabama parole bill in danger of failing due to Senate

It's up to the Senate to put the parole bill on the calendar and take it to a vote.

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Victims’ group urges new laws to reform Alabama parole board

Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL), Alabama’s largest victims’ advocacy coalition, on Tuesday expressed the organization’s full support and the urgent need for legislation reforming the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The legislation has already passed the Alabama House of Representatives.

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WAAY 31 I-Team: Alabama parole board director asks employees against changes to speak out

He says the bills “are not in the best interest of the agency and State.”

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WAAY 31 I-Team: "I want justice for all of them:” Family of victims attend first Jimmy Spencer court hearing

Monday was an emotional day for the families of Colton Lee, Marie Martin and Martha Reliford as they laid eyes on Jimmy Spencer for the first time in court.

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I-Team: Judge moves up mental evaluation hearing in Jimmy Spencer case

Judge Tim Riley issued an order Tuesday moving a May 6 hearing up to 10 a.m. April 29 in the Marshall County Courthouse.

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Attorney General Steve Marshall lays out legislative fix for Parole Board

The bill to fix the parole board was introduced in the judiciary committee Wednesday morning.

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WAAY 31 honored by victims advocacy group for Jimmy Spencer investigation

The Victims of Crime and Leniency group (VOCAL) presented Breken Terry and WAAY 31 with the "Voices for Victims Media Award."

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I-Team: Judge grants defense's motion to delay hearing in Jimmy Spencer case

Spencer was serving a life sentence before he was let out on parole and broke conditions of this parole. He is now charged with killing three people, including a child, in Guntersville.

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I-Team: Motion filed to continue Jimmy Spencer's psychiatric evaluation hearing

The psychiatric evaluation hearing has already been continued once.

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WAAY 31 I-Team Investigation: Proposed bill would let some convicted killers out sooner

A WAAY 31 I-Team investigation uncovered flaws in the Alabama parole system and showed how violent inmates were being paroled early. Now, there’s a proposed bill to let some convicted killers out sooner.

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WAAY 31 I-Team: Parole Board releases February progress report

The board says it will launch a new website on March 31, 2019, to better notify victims about parole hearings.

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I-Team: Governor Ivey tasks former parole board member with observation of current parole board

Victims' families told WAAY 31 they trust Bobby Longshore to do the job right.

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I-Team: Motion granted to continue Jimmy Spencer's psychiatric evaluation hearing

Spencer was serving a life sentence before he was let out on parole and broke conditions of this parole.

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I-Team: Alabama Parole Board releases update on corrective plan

All of this stems from a WAAY31 investigation into the parole board’s policies and procedures.

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I-Team: Gov. Ivey, attorney general respond to parole board action plan

Ivey and Marshall said in the letter they are not happy about the parole board seeking an outside consultant when it comes to organizational structure, employee morale, and executive leadership.

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I-Team: Governor and Attorney General plan to release second response to parole board next week

The governor put a stop to early paroles in October 2018 and advised the board to fix its issues.

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I-Team: Parole board's corrective action plan not approved by Gov. Ivey and Steve Marshall

Ivey and Marshall released their response Thursday afternoon.

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I-Team: Motion filed for mental health evaluation of Jimmy Spencer

Spencer is accused of murdering three people in Guntersville after being let out on parole.

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I-Team: Victims' families not impressed with parole board's plan

The parole board said it plans to implement these changes in 30 days.

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I-Team: Alabama parole board's corrective action plan submitted

The Board says it will review its plan prior to parole hearings and plans on following actions in the next 30 days to ensure adequate preparation for hearings.

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I-Team: Parole Board plans to present Governor Ivey with corrective action plan

The corrective action plan is hitting its deadline on Wednesday.

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I-Team: Parole denied for three people convicted for crimes in north Alabama

Two people convicted for crimes in Lauderdale County were denied parole as well as a woman convicted of killing a Shoals prosecutor's grandmother.

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I-Team: Pardons and Paroles Board opens its doors again after cancelling hearings last week

Alabama's Pardons and Paroles Board opened its doors Monday after cancelling all parole hearings the previous week.

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I-Team: Alabama Parole Board cancels hearings following meeting with Gov. Ivey

The Alabama Parole Board has canceled all parole hearings for the rest of the week because of Governor Ivey's executive order.

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I-Team: Governor Ivey temporarily halts early paroles, changes Parole Board leadership

Governor Ivey held a press conference Monday morning after she and Attorney General Steve Marshall met with the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

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I-Team: Birmingham attorney represents Spencer's victims' families in meeting with AL government officials

Birmingham attorney, Tommy James, met with Governor Ivey's legal team and Attorney General Steve Marshall Friday morning to represent the families of Jimmy Spencer's murder victims.

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WAAY 31 I-Team Investigation: Spencer had long history of negative conduct prior to release

A 600-page document shows the many disciplinary reports that were filed against Jimmy Spencer during his time in prison.

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WAAY 31 I-Team Investigation: Jimmy Spencer showed little rehabilitation before being paroled

WAAY 31 has worked through hundreds of pages of documents that show Jimmy Spencer had little rehabilitation while in prison.

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I-Team: State documents show Spencer stabbed another inmate, got into multiple fights and assaulted a corrections officer

State documents show Jimmy Spencer threw feces, bit a corrections officer and stabbed another inmate.

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I-Team: Documents show Jimmy Spencer continued to be violent and break rules in prison

WAAY 31 has 600 pages of Jimmy Spencer's disciplinary actions taken against him over the 30 years he was in prison.

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I-Team: Families of victims are losing confidence in the Alabama Parole Board

Multiple families have reached out to WAAY 31 saying they lack confidence in the parole board.

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I-Team: Parole Board said they are done with the internal review of Jimmy Spencer case

The parole board said they are done reviewing Spencer's case but won't say if any changes will come about or how he slipped through the cracks.

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I-Team: Shoals victim reacts to states possible plan to fix problems in the wake of the Jimmy Spencer case

Jimmy Spencer's victim from Franklin County shot Spencer in the late 80's as he was breaking into his house.

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I-Team: Parole board policies and procedures come under fire in wake of Jimmy Spencer case

The analytical tool the parole board uses is coming under fire from multiple people and state agencies.

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I-Team: Triple murder suspect pleads not guilty by reason of insanity to seven charges related to triple homicide

Jimmy Spencer will appear in a Marshall County courtroom for an arraignment hearing Tuesday morning.

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I-Team: Parole Board warrant issued after murder charges

The WAAY 31 I-Team keeps digging into parole documents that spell out how a criminal serving a life sentence was let out on parole, continually broke conditions of his parole and is now charged with killing three people, including a child, in Guntersville.

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I-Team: Parole Board requests warrant for parolee 5 months too late

We've learned from the Alabama Department of Corrections, issued a warrant for Jimmy Spencer's arrest on July 21st. The Alabama Parole Board requested this warrant on July 20th.

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I-Team: Shoals lawmaker says some laws need to be given another look in wake of Spencer case

Some lawmakers say laws need to be changed in the wake of the Jimmy Spencer case.

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I-Team: Triple homicide suspect had multiple run-ins with police prior to murder arrest

After Jimmy Spencer's run-in with Guntersville Police he was arrested by Sardis Police.

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I-Team: Mission Center said they notified the state when Jimmy Spencer walked away

Mission Center says they notified the state when Jimmy Spencer walked away from their facility.

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WAAY 31 I-Team Investigation: Jimmy Spencer in contact with parole officer after leaving facility

The WAAY31 I-Team sat down with Spencer's lawyer and learned Spencer was still in contact with his parole officer even after walking out of his assigned facility.

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WAAY 31 I-Team Investigation: Alabama Parole Board reviewing Jimmy Spencer's case

The parole board is reviewing Jimmy Spencer's case after he was paroled and months later arrested for capital murder.

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I-Team: Change in Alabama law lead to a victim not being notified about Jimmy Spencer's parole hearing

Under the Justice Revisement Act of 2015 the parole board now defines victims differently.

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