Governor Bentley’s Statement on the Pardoning of the Scottsboro Boys

Scottsboro Boys

Governor Robert Bentley issued the following statement regarding the pardoning of the Scottsboro Boys:

While we could not take back what happened to the Scottsboro Boys 80 years ago, we found a way to make it right moving forward.  The pardons granted to the Scottsboro Boys today are long overdue.  The legislation that led to today’s pardons was the result of a bipartisan, cooperative effort.  I appreciate the Pardons and Parole Board for continuing our progress today and officially granting these pardons.  Today, the Scottsboro Boys have finally received justice.


To view the April 2013 press release on the signing of the Scottsboro Boys legislation, click here.