O. Prison, parole and probation reports.

1. City jail records: The Docket Book with information regarding the arrest of each person booked at the jail — including name, birth date, home address, charges, bonds, fines, etc. — is a public record. Inter-Office Communication from Birmingham Law Department attorney Charles H. Wyatt, Jr., to Birmingham’s Chief Jail Administrator, Major Frank Alexander, confirming public record status of City Jail Docket, Aug. 1, 1985; see also Deutcsh v. State, 610 So. 2d 1212, 1224 (Ala. Crim. App. 1992) (Birmingham “Chief Jail Administrator Frank Alexander testified that the index book and the docket book are public records.”).

2. County jail records: A well-bound book regarding prisoners received into county jails is required to be kept available for public inspection. Ala. Code § 36-22-8 (2001); see also Holcombe v. State ex rel. Chandler, 240 Ala. 590, 200 So. 739 (1941).

3. Department of Corrections records: An Alabama Attorney General opinion, applying the Stone balancing test, has declared the following records public: “the work release roster including the inmate’s name, the specific location of the inmate, the inmate’s place of employment, and the crime for which the inmate is incarcerated,” and the following records nonpublic: an inmate’s “psychological profiles, information received in confidence from law enforcement agencies and other information which clear policy dictates should be maintained in confidence or that other statutes require to [remain] confidential.” 200 Op. Att’y Gen. Ala. 25 (Aug. 20, 1985).

The Alabama Attorney General has also held that prison incident and investigation reports maintained by the Depart of Corrections are subject to inspection under the Public Records Law. Allen v. Barksdale, 32 So. 3d 1264 (Ala. 2009).

4. Municipal court probation officer records: The records of these officers concerning their charges are closed. Ala. Code § 12-14-13(f) (1995).

5. Pardon and Parole Board records: Prisoner files are closed except for that portion in which each member of the Board records any decision affecting the prisoner’s liberty, property, or civil rights and the reasons, in detail, for such a decision. Ala. Code § 15-22-36(b) (Supp. 2005); see also Ex parte Ala. Bd. of Pardons & Paroles, 814 So. 2d 870 (Ala. 2001) (holding that section 15-22-36(b) "clearly and unambiguously establishes an absolute privilege that the Board is legally bound to obey and the circuit court is under a duty to uphold" and vacating circuit court's order to produce privileged records). 

6. Pardon and Parole Board records: Minute books and Board orders pertaining to pardons before the Board are public records.  Op. Att'y Gen. Ala. No. 2002-136, 2002 Ala. AG LEXIS 30 (Feb. 8, 2002).

7. Probation and parole officer records: Reports, records, and data assembled by these officers regarding their charges is closed to the public except by order of the court. Ala. Code §§ 15-22-53(b) and -73 (1995).