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Old 08-22-2004, 02:43 PM
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Default Parole Planning; Parole Packets; Letter Guidelines

PAROLE PLANNING


SAMPLE LETTERS FOR THE PAROLE COMMISSION



PAROLE PACKETS (Although most of the information pertains to Texas parole, the general guidelines and instructions can be used for just about any state)


PAROLE LETTER GUIDELINES
I found these guidelines to be an excellent tool for letter structure and content. Used in conjunction with the Sample Letters that TNC has provided, just about anyone can become a pro at support letter writing.


Parole Support Letters:




Prisoners are encouraged by the Board of Pardons and Paroles to provide evidence of support for their release on parole. One way to do this is through letters supporting a Prisoners's release. The information below is provided for Prisoners and family members who have questions about such letters.



SUPPORT LETTERS FOR THE PAROLE FILE


There are no rules for support letters. These are only guidelines and suggestions. You must use what fits your own special situation. Don't be afraid to ask people to write letters. Many people care and want to help. Your request for help may give them a better understanding of the correctional process.


WHAT IS A LETTER OF SUPPORT?



Letters of support are evidence that the offender will have a network of friends and family to help when he or she is released.


They show:


1. Somebody know the prisoner and cares.

2. The prisoner has free world input while in prison.
3. Someone will help when he/she gets out.
4. The good side of the prisoner and thus help balance
the bad side which appears in his or her criminal
record.


WHO WRITES SUPPORT LETTERS?




1. You, family members, close friends and loved ones.









2. Relatives, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

3. Respected members of the community, such as
businessmen.
4. Prospective employers, school teachers,religious teachers,
students, counselors, etc.
5. The Prisoner's Corrections Counselor/Supervisor or other
people who have known him/her while in prison, e.g.
chaplain,counselor, teacher,volunteers from the community.
If you can't find anyone who knows the prisoner, you may
ask for letters from people who know you and state that
your support will be of value during the offender's re-
adjustment to the community.
Also, people can write offering their support for the prisoner
based on their position in the community (such as a
minister in your church.)



HOW MANY SUPPORT LETTERS?




At the time of the parole interview, three to ten support letters should be enough. Keep sending support letters regularly, not just at the parole interview date. This shows consistency and active support and lets the Parole Board know that you'll stick by the prisoner after release.




WHAT TO SAY?




There are several general areas of information to be included in these letters.












1. State your name, age and occupation. If you have been on

the current job for a number of years, state the number of
years you have been similarly employed.


2. State your relationship with the prisoner and the length you
have known him or her.


3. Your belief that, despite his/her mistake, he/she is a good
person and the reason you feel this way.

4. Your belief that the offender will be a useful and law abiding
citizen if given the opportunity. You may describe
improvements in the prisoner's attitude, behavior, or efforts
he/she has made to improve himself/herself. If you will
provide housing, give the address and a phone number if
you have one. You can mention other kinds of help you can
provide, for instance, clothing or transportation.
Other people who will write a support letters may include
the same type of information. If they are willing to help the
prisoner in some way, they may include that in the letter.
Some people are willing to help, but don't have money or a
job to offer. They can offer to spend time with the offender
doing something positive and worthwhile, or they can offer
advice and encouragement. This kind of help is also
necessary for someone just released from prison.

NOTE: In some states, it is possible for prison employees to write letters of recommendation for parole. This is most commonly done by supervisors in a department where a prisoner works or by ranking officials on the unit who have personal knowledge of the prisoner.


OUTLINE OF THE SUGGESTED THINGS TO COVER IN THE LETTER


Salutation:








(Insert address for your particular Parole Board)



Parole Board Member

Board of Pardons and Paroles
P.O. Box 12345





Anytown, USA 78711




You may address your letters to a specific person on the Parole Board, if you wish, but it is also acceptable to address your letter Dear Parole Board Member:



FIRST PARAGRAPH


State your name, age, and occupation. If you have been on the same job for a number of years, state the number of years you have been similarly employed.


SECOND PARAGRAPH

State your relationship with him/her (e.g. friend, relative, teacher, employer, co-worker, etc.)


THIRD PARAGRAPH

Your belief that the, despite his/her mistakes, he/she is a good person; the reason you feel this way, your belief that he/she will be a useful and a law abiding citizen given the chance. Describe any improvements in the prisoner's attitude, behavior, or efforts he/she has made to improve himself/herself (education, treatment programs).


FOURTH PARAGRAPH

Your willingness to be supportive and how, e.g. if you will provide housing, give address and phone number if you have one, transportation, job offer. Other people who are willing to help, but don't have money or a job to offer, can be supportive and worthwhile by offering advice and encouragement.


Additional suggestions to go along with this information....

1. If you or someone you know has written support letters in
the past, make copies and include them with the parole
packet

2. Included in this packet should be any information and/or
photocopies of awards or achievements your loved one may
have achieved while incarcerated.

3. Write out a "game plan." What does your loved one plan to
do when he or she gets out? Be specific. Tell the board
what job opportunities are in the area.
4. Make a copy of the packet and send it to your loved one.
Your loved one should write up a similar type of packet
themselves. They can make a separate one, or include it in
the one you make for them. He or she should present the
packet(s) to the person who comes to interview them when
parole time approaches. It makes a much better impression
when they have obviously made preparations for their
future, as well as having a source from the outside who
cared enough to put together a presentation packet as well.



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Great info Nu...thanks!
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Thank you

I'm new to this and can use all the info I can get.

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Thank you. This is very informative and helpful. I will definitely use these guidelines and with more confidence now. May I ask? How helpful do you think it will be to bring an attorney to a parole board hearing, and is that permissable? Can two people attend? Me and the attorney. Hopefully we will be married by then. Thanks
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I also would like to know if anyone recommends hiring an attorney. I have found one for $2400. He will do several things for this fee. He will meet with the prisoner, do a parole packet, go to the parole board review along with family and friends. If parole is denied he will do follow up work for no charge,etc. Any advice?
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Thanks Nu, this is so helpful as I had no clue where to begin with writing letters. I want him home so bad. Lady, I'd never thought of hiring an attorney for help with parole. I see you're in TX but I'll have to see if that will help in GA as well. Thanks for the helpful info!
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does anyone one have similar guidelines for the letters you need for the presentencing report time of the process. A lot of my friends and relatives are asking what they are supposed to say and I', not sure. I have a call in to my attorney but he is in court today. I thought maybe some of you guys would know. Thanks.
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This is basically an informational thread. If you have specific questions, please start a new thread in the forum so people can see it and respond.

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