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Police: Man freed in Ala. mass prison release rearrested after meeting parole officer with drugs

The man was released from prison last week, eight months before his 20-year prison sentence was set to be complete

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By Carol Robinson

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. — 38-year-old man who just got out of prison under last week’s mass release by state officials is back behind bars.

Brandall Wayne Wadsworth, who lists a Trussville address, was released from prison Friday, eight months before his 20-year prison sentence was set to be complete.

He was arrested Monday on a new charge when police say he showed up to meet his parole officer and was in possession of drugs.

Convicted in 2008 of first-degree burglary, Wadsworth was one of several hundred state inmates released from prisons and work release centers across Alabama last week as the state’s “mandatory supervision period on certain sentences” law went into effect.

The law, passed in 2021, was designed to allow certain inmates to be released early while the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles monitored those people for a set period of time.

The law specifies time periods for electronic monitoring and other supervision, but the monitoring must end the day the person’s prison sentence ends.

Three days after his released, authorities said, Wadsworth was re-arrested when he showed up for his first meeting with his probation officer in possession of Buprenorphine Hydrochloride pills, which is used to treat opioid addiction.

He did not have a prescription, police said, and appeared to be heavily under the influence of a controlled substance.

Wadsworth was booked into the St. Clair County Jail just after 4 p.m. Monday.

He is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and parole violation. His bond is set at $3,500.

“Actions have consequences,’’ said Pell City Police Chief Clay Morris. “The Pell City Police Department is determined to keep the scourge of drug possession, use, abuse and distribution out of community.”

“We will continue to stand in the gap for our community,’’ Morris said, “and do everything in our power to protect our citizens, families and children.”

“This is an example of the supervision period in action,’' said Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles Director Cam Ward. “As always, our officers did an exceptional job in the performance of their duties. I appreciate their professionalism and commitment to public safety.”

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