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05-28-2006, 01:53 PM
Is there anyone who has gone through the whole MA parole thing? My man goes up in front of the board this summer. Anyone have any info, like a personal opinion or experience would help.

05-30-2006, 09:42 AM
Agreed, I'd like to know more about the prarole process as well. i.e. what do they need to see for the residence? does he need to be on the lease? will they talk to the land lord? what are the living requirments? All help is much appreciated! :)

Isabel Solidad
05-30-2006, 11:58 AM
Ditto here. Tris was panicking the other night about whether or not his name would be on the lease, because apparently he heard that's necessary. Whether or not it's true, I'm not sure.

The general PTO forum on parole is generally pretty informative, so I'd check that out if you're putting together a parole packet.

I'm in the process of creating one (using my mad graphic design juju, i might add :cool:) even though his parole date isn't 100% sure yet. It's good to get it together and mail copies to the parole board a few times over the 2 months prior to the hearing date. Then everybody gets a copy, and there is no possibility of ignoring you, muahahah! Basically the jist is to collect as many pieces of evidence together to prove that the inmate can be a productive citizen and will have lots of support systems when they're released. Think of it like a clearly presented resume. It's already come in handy to have for court appearances and for getting certain lame court-appointed attorneys in gear (maybe I should go to law school, yeesh).

So far, in our packet(to give you some ideas):
A personal letter from me (on my child-service agency's letterhead, boo-yah)
Letters of support from family members (emphasizing potential to better himself)
Letters from friends (short, clear & objective, but also emphasizing support and friendship)
Correspondence from his family overseas (who I recently re-established contact with after 15 years... we're hoping to visit when he gets out)
Letter from the since-retired DSS case manager who worked with his family, and keeps tabs on him still
Letter from a friend who is, ironically, a parole officer. Maybe even his! He'll be working with him in a second-strike program for kids (woohoo)
Idea: Letters from anyone - anyone- you know in the human services, mental health, or legal profession which relates to his situation (aka a family caseworker, family lawyer, local officer, etc)
An article/ study on preventing redicisivism, for good measure
Completed application for a degree program and/or registration form for classes at community college
List of potential employers & contact info (some of whom I have spoken with on his behalf already)
Resume & cover letter for job hunting
Resume posted on online job-search pages, printout of said pages
Copy of his business card from the painting company he started
Enrollment info for the Federal Bonding program
Copies of certificates he has earned in DOC programs
Serve-safe foodservice certificate
Application for military enlistment- might not pan out, but worth a try
Photos of our apartment
Copy of our lease
Proof of health insurance (Mass Health)
List of nearby primary care physicians
List of potential psychologists or therapists
Prescription for bipolar meds
Calendar of local AA, START program meetings, etc
Adult-ed & workshop listings for subjects that might be beneficial or interesting to him (languages, business, self-help, creative writing)
Enrollment in a local gym / martial arts program (to channel his energy, hehe)
oh, and a table of contents, & stick it in a report binder to get it all organized & lookin' slick

05-30-2006, 12:15 PM (

That may help Amanda...

Isabel Solidad
05-31-2006, 09:06 PM
Did some more snooping. Here's the names of the current parole board members (there's a vacancy.... anybody want a job? heh heh):

1. Maureen E. Walsh, Chairman
2. Daniel Dewey
3. Doris Dottridge
4. Thomas F. Merigan, Jr.
5. Deborah McDonagh
6. Candace Kochin

Chairman,Maureen E. Walsh
Executive Director, Donald Giancioppo
Chief Legal Counsel, John P. Talbot, Jr.
Chief of Field Services, Michael Brown
Chief of Transitional Services, Marcia Curtin
Director of Support Services, David Quinlan
Director of Victim Services, Thomas Clark
Director of Reentry, Kira Dunn
Director of Reemployment, David Sullivan

Isabel Solidad
05-31-2006, 09:26 PM
*Shiva, don't be mad, I copied and pasted the whole thing from the page. ( It was a pain to find!

Mostly it seems to concern housing issues, especially for inmates w/ out a plan for shelter when they're released. This might be less of an issue for those of us who already have a housing plan set-up, moreso if it's the same place they lived in before going to jail. This is why it's good to have his name on the lease already, proving that he's got a stable home to go to. My take on it: Get everything planned, implemented, and in writing before they even get a chance to ask for it. Then you don't have to explain why you're missing something, and instead you can stick it to em and show you're waaay ahead of them already. Whether or not they actually *do* any of this malarkey, I dunno.

Reentry Planning Process

The Correctional Program Officer at each Department of Correction facility will screen offenders who are six months to a release date to assess housing plans. Those offenders who do not have a defined housing plan, or who refuse to disclose to the Correctional Program Officerr what their housing plan is, will be considered at risk for homelessness. This is the target population that is eligible to receive services from the network of Housing Specialists. An offender identified by the Correctional Program Officer as at risk for homelessness will be referred to the Reentry Services Division.
Once the referral is approved and returned back to the inmate’s Correctional Program Officer, that staff person will forward the case to the designated Housing Specialist. This step begins the process of the aggressive in-reach strategy where Housing staff meet with offenders while they are still in prison. The Housing Specialist will respond to the site and conduct an extensive intake interview with the offender. During the course of the intake, the offender will be asked to sign a Release of Information The Housing Specialist will conduct an Intake/Assessment to identify the following information:

Criminal history
Substance Abuse history
Mental Health history
Employment history
Housing historyThis step in the process is critical to identify the potential barriers the offender will face in their search for permanent housing. The Housing Specialist will continue to gather the following information:

Where does the offender want to live?
Does the offender believe that there is a sufficient support network in that community? If so, what is that network?
What does the offender feel he or she needs in a housing placement upon release? (eg., a structured environment, a supportive environment, independence)
Does the offender have geographic triggers of any kind.The next step for the Housing Specialist is to make a recommendation to the Correctional Program Officer, based on the intake and assessment. This recommendation will include the identified barriers presented and recommendations on how to combat the barriers, along with a recommended housing placement for the offender. The Housing Specialist and the Correctional Program Officer will work as a team to identify the most appropriate option based upon the recommendation.
The Housing Specialist will then develop the Individual Service Plan (ISP) for the offender. The goals of the ISP are twofold:

To address the barriers to securing housing; and
To outline the short and long-term goals that will result in the offender successfully transitioning into housing.The housing search process begins once the ISP is complete. Once the housing placement has been secured, the Housing Specialist will coordinate support services through established community resources.
The Housing Specialist will work with the offender to appeal housing placement denials.
Many transitional programs do not accept offenders on parole status. Other housing providers may deny offenders based upon criminal history.
Recognizing that sustained housing placement requires the identification of appropriate community-based services, the Housing Specialist and the Reentry Case Manager will ensure that the offender is appropriately matched to mental health/substance abuse services, counseling, education, etc. in the community.
Stabilization services for released offenders:
The last phase of the housing placement process is the most critical in addressing recidivism. The last phase is stabilization services. This phase is for those offenders who have received the assistance of a Housing Specialist while in custody and are now released. The Housing Specialist who had worked with the offender will work with the offender for at least six months after permanent housing to ensure that the placement is successful.
Stabilization consists of, but is not limited to:

Minimum of two case management meetings a month
One home site visit in which the Housing Specialist ensures that the housing unit is being kept clean and in good repair
Another office visit in which the Housing Specialist will address any difficulties/issues offenders are experiencing and make any further needed referrals to servicesThe goal of the stabilization services is to ensure successful reintegration into the community and to prevent recidivism. Stabilization will consist of continued extensive case management of the offender after placement. If the offender is not placed initially into permanent housing, the Housing Specialist will continue aggressive case management with the offender in the transitional housing program until permanent housing is secured.
This also applies to those offenders who are placed in a shelter setting. While shelter placement is not considered an acceptable placement, there are instances where there are no other immediate options and such placement for a limited period of time is nearly unavoidable.
Once permanent housing is secured, the Housing Specialist will continue stabilization services for a six month period. Stabilization also involves maintaining excellent relationships with landlords. What contributes to successful placement is the opportunity for local landlords to turn to the Housing Specialist to help intervene on housing issues without the landlord getting directly involved with the ex-offender.

06-01-2006, 07:39 AM
I went through all that stuff on the web site too and I agree most of it is umm for lack of a better word, useless unless your actualy in the jail in which case you have no access to the internet anyway LOL ahhh whatever. Hey how about that there's a candice on the parole board :D mabye Jay will get bonus points from here because I'm a Candice :) hehe

06-01-2006, 07:44 AM
Thanks for posting isabel however that info is all good if it really did HAPPEN


06-01-2006, 07:45 AM
Minimum of two case management meetings a month
One home site visit in which the Housing Specialist ensures that the housing unit is being kept clean and in good repair
Another office visit in which the Housing Specialist will address any difficulties/issues offenders are experiencing and make any further needed referrals to services

this never happens


07-31-2006, 05:11 PM
Does anyone know how long it takes to hear back? I know it's not too quick but I just didn't wanna be surprised!

08-01-2006, 04:57 AM
I am hoping it s only a few weeks.. i am sorry i can not say. have not personally dealt with parole ... and their responses.. i know one time it took a month for someone to "get back " to me regarding my husbands case inside the DOC HOLD ON..
and GOOD LUCK of course