According to the ABPP's annual report for the period covering October 1, 1992, to September 30, 1993, each inmate must be evaluated carefully prior to release with respect to criminal history, family background, prison progress, and parole resources. Parole is viewed as an opportunity for changing habits and life patterns of offenders and helping them become community assets. Under its adult probation law, Alabama has a statewide probation system. Probation officers are appointed and supervised by the ABPP. The ABPP determines which prisoners serving in Alabama prisons and jails can be paroled, provides probation services for courts having probationary powers, grants pardons and/or restores civil and political rights to persons who have shown evidence of rehabilitation, and develops parole policies and procedures. Statistical data are provided on ABPP operations and expenditures, parolees, and probationers.