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The Alabama Statistical Analysis Center has been publishing an annual crime report for the state since 1977. The data required for the statistical analysis is furnished by the sheriff’s departments from all counties across Alabama and the reports are administered through the Criminal Justice Information Center of the state. The figures are routinely published in the Crime in Alabama Journal.

The Alabama Sex Offender Registry (ABI) has the names of over 11,000 criminals accused of sexual crimes in the state; while not all the records in the registry are open to public viewing, information on all adult offenders is disseminated in the interest of public safety. Names of juvenile offenders and criminals who were not convicted of sexual offenses in the state are often withheld from private parties and individuals looking for details on sex offenders in their neighborhood.

Despite managing several state funded correctional facilities and work release centers, the Department of Correctionsof the state of Alabama has earned the notoriety of failing to control the overcrowding of the state prison system. In fact, the state of Alabama has the most crowded prisons in the country and this not only reflects on a law and order situation that needs serious improvement but also it is a major imposition on the states resources.

An Alabama outstanding arrest warrant is a term used to refer to a judicial order for detention which is saved in the central, nationwide repository. From here it can be accessed by law enforcement agencies across the country.

If you are looking for information on an offender incarcerated in one of the correctional facilities across the state of Alabama, you need only refer to the state’s department of corrections website.The Alabama DOC offers a multitude of services in the interest of community safety and the inmate locator program is just one of them.

The Freedom of Information Act of the state of Alabama combines the Open Records Law and the Open Meetings Law under a single legal section that allows residents of the state to seek information from the state and its agencies. Enacted on the heels of the federal FOIA, the Alabama Freedom of Information Law allows citizens to inspect and copy all forms of records with a few exceptions held by the state government.

Although Alabama does have an Open Records Act in place that allows members of the community to inspect and copy records held by state agencies, criminal record including details on warrants issued in a matter and even court records are exempted from this law. So, if you choose to seek this information through the interactive background check system of the state of Alabama, you will need to be an employer in the categories mentioned on their site to request such data.

The Attorney general of Alabama is an elected official of the state government who serves a constitutional position and is a member of the executive branch of the state.Established in 1819, Henry Hitchcock was the first government official to hold this position. Since then, qualified professionals are elected every four years to the office and are allowed to serve no more than two consecutive terms.

The Alabama department of Corrections is a state owned agency that is responsible for the processing of criminals through the prison system of the state. The DOC has been charged with ensuring that the decision of the judiciary on punitive measures is upheld and that the offenders have access to rehabilitation initiatives while serving their sentence.

The Alabama Code Title 15 is known as the criminal procedure of the state; a series of laws that dictates how a person accused of a crime should be processed through the justice system. Divided into 26 chapters, the criminal procedure of the state deals with every aspect of the trial process; the first two chapters offer definitions and explanation on the jurisdiction of the criminal code while the last few chapters are devoted to the legal treatment of defendants with a history of mental ailments, child victims and witnesses and the use of audio-video technology in the pre-trial phase.

The Alabama State Criminal Justice information Center is responsible for establishing policies pursuant to the Open Records Act of the state, governing the dissemination of crime history information, managing the security program for criminal justice agencies across the state and operating a 24/7 command center that offers law enforcement officials access to the state’s crime information network.

A three tiered system, the Alabama judiciary comprises of the Supreme Court, appellate courts and district tribunals. While there is only one Supreme Court that hears both criminal and civil cases, tribunals on the lower levels of the judicial system including appellate courts are bifurcated into civil and criminal chapters. The tribunals are segregated based on their authority, so while the Supreme Court has exclusive jurisdiction, the other tribunals only have limited, general or appellate jurisdiction.

If you have an Alabama active arrest warrant out in your name it is only a matter of time before you are arrested. In fact, the financial and legal ramifications of being arrested by the police when a warrant has been issued in your name are far greater than those of simply turning yourself in. So, if you believe that a past, legal infraction may have resulted in the issue of an arrest order, it would be best to get information on the matter at the earliest.