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Victim Notification

Original Air Date: 10/18/2005

Alabama requires crime victims to be notified when their victimizers are slated to appear before the parole board. But the parole board says the requirement is slowing down the probation process, and that it is sometimes difficult to locate victims since several years may have passed. Victims also say they want to be present at those hearings in many cases to testify against the granting of probation. And victims say they want to be notified so they will not be surprised seeing their victimizers on the streets. There is an effort to relax the requirement for the parole board, but some say a change should not be done without considering the impact on victims.

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