Brian Lawson denied parole

Published 7:03 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied parole to Brian Lavoris Lawson, 42, during a hearing on July 11.

Lawson, a black male, is housed in the Ventress Correctional Center in Clayton, serving two concurrent 20-year sentences for a March 7, 2019 conviction in Butler County for distributing a controlled substance.

According to board meeting minutes, Lawson’s cousins, Tiffany Payton and Theresa Riley, attended the hearing to speak on behalf of his release, but the board voted to deny parole with a reset date of July 2025.

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Before his 2019 conviction, Lawson was incarcerated onto two concurrent three-year sentences in 2001 – one for second-degree kidnapping and the other for second-degree assault. Another sentence was added in 2002 for a one-year term on a first-degree burglary charge.

In January 2005, Lawson was convicted on second-degree kidnapping charges in Butler County and sentenced to serve 15 years.

The board conducted 38 parole hearings on July 11, granting no paroles and denying parole to all 38 petitioners. The board also heard 16 pardon petitions, denying 13 and granting three.

Hearing minutes for this meeting and other proceedings are available at Current inmate records can be accessed at