Following news of hundreds of Alabama inmates being released early and a Monday lawsuit from the Alabama attorney general, less than half of the originally reported inmates were released Tuesday.
On Tuesday, 369 state inmates were to be released early from prison after the 2021 state law goes into effect.
But, due to difficulties in notifying the victims and their families, the release of many of them has been pushed back.
Cam Ward, director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, said 90 to 100 inmates at the Alabama Department of Corrections were to be released Tuesday.
Those released were either convicted of non-violent crimes, or the department was able to notify the victim or their family of their impending release.
The remaining 300 or so people will be released as the department is able to make notifications.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit Monday, arguing that the release should have been delayed because of a lack of victim notifications—a state law.
While a judge ruled against issuing a temporary restraining order against ADOC, Commissioner Jon Hamm agreed that “no inmate shall be released without compliance with (the state’s) victim-notice requirement.”