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More than 400 inmates in Alabama, including rapists and murderers, will be released from prisons early after a new law allowed them to finish sentences under supervision. 

Prisoners being housed at correctional facilities across the state will be freed as early as January 31 after a bill was passed by state legislature in 2021 in a bid to ease overcrowding.

A total of 412 incarcerated people – some of who committed violent, heinous crimes as appalling as raping minors and murdering family members – will be fitted with an ankle monitor as part of their release terms.  

On the list of inmates set to be freed seen by DailyMail.com, there are 29 murderers and 21 rapists. Many will be leaving prison a whole year before their sentence is up. 

The freed inmates will be transported to local bus stations after leaving prison with no phones or money, and authorities have already warned law enforcement agents to be prepared for overcrowding at popular stops.

Charles Dewayne Hollis

Jimmy Don Rodgers

Hollis (left) was jailed in 1999 for murdering his wife Mitzi Loretta Hollis, 33, in 1998. Jimmy Don Rodgers (right) was 29-years-old when he ran over and killed cyclist Kenneth Kiefer near Scottsboro, Alabama, in September 2003

Gary Lou Mims

Kenneth Dwight Sylvester Jr

Gary Lou Mims (left) was jailed for sodomizing and raping a teenage girl multiple times in 2007. Kenneth Dwight Sylvester Jr (right) took a manslaughter plea deal after admitting to killing Donnie Gise in Florence, Alabama. He beat her to death in January 2008.

Among those benefitting from the new law is Charles Dewayne Hollis. 

He was jailed in 1999 for murdering his wife Mitzi Loretta Hollis, 33, in 1998. He killed her after just one month into married life, and buried her body in a shallow grave in Lamar County, Alabama.

Wife murderer Hollis was meant to serve another six months in jail.  

Another inmate on the list to be released is Cartravious Collins. He shot four people, killing one, when he was just aged 15. He was jailed in 2009 for one count of manslaughter and three counts of assault.

Jywan Moss is grandson of former Auburn City Councilman Arthur Dowdell – and he was jailed for rape in 2013. The sexual assault happened at the politician’s home while he was away. Moss was aged 18, and the female victim was 15-years-old.

Moss was sentenced in 2016 for six months, but then was re-sentenced for second-degree rape in 2020 for 10 years, and for criminal possession of a forged instrument for two years. It’s unclear if he will be released in regards to the latest count of rape.

Another released prisoner will be Jimmy Don Rodgers, who was convicted and jailed for manslaughter in 2005 after he mowed down a cyclist while he was under the influence.

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He was 29-years-old when he killed cyclist Kenneth Kiefer near Scottsboro, Alabama, in September 2003. He’s now served 19 years in prison, and was denied parole in 2021.

Angela Gay Dearman was jailed for murder in 2006 after she killed her son’s karate instructor Wilburn King in September 2003 in Decatur, Alabama. King was found dead in his office, with a shotgun wound in his chest. He had worked at the karate studio for two decades.

Dearman has at least eight months left on her 20-year murder sentence. 

Bruce Anthony Newburn

Angela Gay Dearman

Bruce Anthony Newburn (left) was jailed for 10 years for sending obscene material to a child and for ‘electronic solicitation of a child’ in 2011. His parole was denied in 2021, after being sent to prison in 2018 for the crimes. Angela Gay Dearman (right) shot and killed her son’s karate instructor Wilburn King in September 2003 in Decatur, Alabama

Jywan Moss: The grandson of Auburn City Councilman Arthur Dowdell was jailed for rape in 2013. The sexual assault happened at the politician's home while he was away. Moss was 18, and the female victim was 15-years-old. He was being held in a Lee County, Alabama jail

Jywan Moss: The grandson of Auburn City Councilman Arthur Dowdell was jailed for rape in 2013. The sexual assault happened at the politician’s home while he was away. Moss was 18, and the female victim was 15-years-old. He was being held in a Lee County, Alabama jail

Cartravious Collins shot four people, killing one, when he was just aged 15

Cartravious Collins shot four people, killing one, when he was just aged 15

Speaking to DailyMail.com, Everette Johnson, Alabama State FOP President, said that the mass release has created a sense of ‘danger’ in the community.

He said: ‘We face a dangerous time here in the state of Alabama with the implementation of Act 2021-549. This bill allows inmates to be released into our communities while being electronically supervised by Pardons and Paroles. 

‘The bill does not stipulate the eligibility for early release other than for sex offenders of children. It is solely based on time served. 

‘There are many of these released inmates that were convicted of violent felonies, yet that does not seem to be standard for continued incarceration. Many of the victims of these violent offenders have not been notified of the early release which is supposed to be done based on this law.

‘We all want safe communities and homes. We also want to ensure that victims of crime receive justice, especially if they are victims of violent crimes.’

Garvis Snedecor was imprisoned on two counts of murder, and two of attempted murder in 2005

Garvis Snedecor was imprisoned on two counts of murder, and two of attempted murder in 2005

Cam Ward, the Director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles

John Hamm, Alabama's Department of Corrections Commissioner

John Hamm and Cam Ward are being sued by Attorney General Steve Marshall over the early release of the prisoners

Bus stations in Montgomery, Mobile and Birmingham were filled with the released criminals today – who may be ‘waiting for some time’ depending on bus schedules. 

Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles Director Cam Ward confirmed that on Tuesday, 92 prisoners were released – as the hundreds of others still need to have their victims notified. 

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The notice sent this morning was ‘to ensure law enforcement agencies in these areas are aware’ the inmates ‘may necessarily congregate in these areas.’ 

In the statement, Ward also added: ‘The law was passed in 2021 and we will follow it as it is written. We did not advocate for it, but until we are told otherwise by a judge, we will enforce the law as written.’ 

The change to the law was recommended by a criminal justice policy group in 2020 – and notably when the bill passed House by a vote of 77-23, it was Republican lawmakers who cast all the no votes. 

All of those who will be released had three to 12 months left of their sentence to serve. 

The law was passed and touted as a public safety measure designed to make sure inmates are monitored when they leave prison.

William Brent Sigler: Prison records say that he was in jail for second-degree rape, but this registered sex offender was charged with the murder of his wife Angela Lee Sigler in April 2020. He is now on the release list for his rape charge - while he awaits trial for allegedly killing his wife

William Brent Sigler: Prison records say that he was in jail for second-degree rape, but this registered sex offender was charged with the murder of his wife Angela Lee Sigler in April 2020. He is now on the release list for his rape charge – while he awaits trial for allegedly killing his wife

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (pictured) lodged a lawsuit following the mass release of prisoners on January 31, 2023

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (pictured) lodged a lawsuit following the mass release of prisoners on January 31, 2023

And lawmakers have said the reforms are generally part of a solution to solve Alabama’s problems with overcrowding and understaffed prisons, reports AL.com.  

In response to the move, Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit against two heads of Alabama’s prison bureau late last night. 

Marshall filed against Cam Ward, Director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, and John Hamm, Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner over the early release of the criminals.

The suit said the complaint ‘seeks to prevent the early release of inmates currently in the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) to the supervision of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles (ABPP) until such time as (Hamm) provides the statutorily-required notice to the inmates’ victims.’ 

According to the Attorney General, victims of the inmates who are scheduled to be released on January 31 have not been notified. 

Attorney General Marshall was a vocal opponent of the bill in 2021: ‘This bill mandates the early release of dangerous individuals with only the possibility of electronic monitoring and without the assurance of other resources necessary to safely supervise those initially released.’

Who are the Alabama criminals who will be released early? 13 of the most heinous inmates

The extensive list of 412 inmates who will not have to serve their entire sentence include:

  • Charles Dewayne Hollis: He was sentenced for murdering his wife Mitzi Loretta Hollis, 33, in 1998. He killed her after just a few months of married life, and buried her body in a shallow grave in Lamar County, Alabama.
  • Cedric Harris: He pled guilty to murdering Arron Lawrence in 2003, and at the time received enhanced punishment for the use of a firearm or deadly weapon. 
  • Angela Gay Dearman: She shot and killed her son’s karate instructor Wilburn King in September 2003 in Decatur, Alabama. 
  • Feion Judio McQuieter: He was jailed in 2007 for murder. He was handed a 20-year sentence, and his minimum release date was set to be August 8, 2023 
  • John Alfred Thomas: He was 19-years-old when he shot Tuscaloosa man Kyle Bolling in the chest outside University Manor Apartments in 2003.
  • Garvis Snedecor: He was imprisoned on two counts of murder, and two of attempted murder in 2005. The earliest time that he was going to be released was January 12, 2024 
  • Bruce Anthony Newburn: He was jailed for sending obscene material to a child and for ‘electronic solicitation of a child’ in 2011. He is still on the sex offenders list
  • Gary Lou Mims: The Dothan, Alabama man was jailed for sodomizing and raping a teenage girl multiple times in 2007. He was jailed for seven counts in 2008.
  • Jywan Moss: The grandson of Auburn City Councilman Arthur Dowdell was jailed for rape in 2013. The sexual assault happened at the politician’s home while he was away. Moss was 18, and the female victim was 15-years-old.  Moss was sentenced in 2016 for six months, but then was re-sentenced for second-degree rape in 2020 for 10 years, and for criminal possession of a forged instrument for two years. It’s unclear if he will be released in regards to the latest count of rape.
  • Jimmy Don Rodgers: He was 29-years-old when he ran over and killed cyclist Kenneth Kiefer near Scottsboro, Alabama, in September 2003. He was under the influence and was jailed for manslaughter
  • Kenneth Dwight Sylvester Jr: He took a manslaughter plea deal after admitting to killing Donnie Gise in Florence, Alabama. He beat her to death in January 2008.
  • Cartravious Collins: He shot four people, killing one, when he was just aged 15.  When he turned 18, the Talladega, Alabama man was jailed for manslaughter in the death of Chelsei Embry, first degree assault of LaToya Monique Embry, and assault in the second degree of Jalysa and Kaylon Embry 
  • William Brent Sigler: Prison records say that he was in jail for second-degree rape after being convicted in 2016, but this registered sex offender was charged with the murder of his wife Angela Lee Sigler in April 2020. It’s understood that he will be released for his rape charges, but will still be held while his murder trial is pending 
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