Information updated October 19, 2005
(adult only)

Juvenile Probation and Parole

Juvenile probation and parole are within the judicial branch of state government, Alabama Unified Judicial System, Administrative Office of the Courts.

There is a statewide policy that prohibits officers from carrying a firearm. Officers are not classified as peace officers. They have the power to arrest only when a judge makes it a specific condition as part of a juveniles’ probation or aftercare orders.

It was not under consideration for officers to carry a firearm at the time of the survey.

There are no private companies providing juvenile probation or aftercare supervision services in the state of Alabama.

Adult Probation and Parole

Within the Legislative Branch of government, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles provides adult probation and parole services. Three members of the board administer the agency, while an Assistant Executive Director oversees field services. Most misdemeanant probation cases are released to informal probation.

Officers do carry a firearm. They are classified as law enforcement. They do have the power to arrest. They do not undergo psychological testing prior to being allowed to carry a firearm. Alabama’s firearm policy was instituted over 20 years ago when the officers were re-classified as law enforcement. Arming is not limited to special duty officers.

Firearm education and training is provided by the Police Academy. All officers are required to take the training and proficiently pass the training prior to being allowed to carry a firearm. Officers receive continuing education and training. They re-qualify yearly.

Officers are required to carry a .40 caliber that is provided by the state.

There are some probation services provided in the state that are not affiliated with state government.

For updates or corrections to the information on this page, please contact: Diane Kincaid