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Question URGENT! Preparing for Parole Hearing - need help!

My man is in his 18th year of a 15-life sentence in California and has his 3rd parole hearing coming up this month (the hearing was rescheduled from April to February - which leaves us (too) little time to get everything ready). I'm from the Netherlands and not really familiar with the system in California. We can't afford a lawyer - and my man will not be able to talk to the public lawyer he asked for until 5 minutes prior to the hearing.
WE NEED HELP! Especially with

- (finding) job offers
- housing offers
- transitional assistance programs/addresses
- support letters

in LA county/southern California.

Who is able to help us in any way - or can recommend people/institutions who could be helpful?

(Please feel free to pm me at any time for more info.)

Any advice and support is so very much appreciated - thank you!
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Hi and welcome! I am posting some resources I found here in case other PTO members might also find them useful. Some are in Northern Cali, but they have included quite a few in Southern Cal, too.

The job resouces are near the bottom.

Hope one of these helps!
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I don't know if these guys offer any pro-bono help or not, but they are very knowledgable:

California Association of Parole Defense Attorneys
http://www.capda.org/

Here are MANY more resources, especillay for jobs, etc. from a website called the National HIRE Network:

http://www.hirenetwork.org/admin/cle...hp?state_id=CA

California Department of Corrections
Parole Division

The California Department of Corrections (CDC) supervises the re-entry of all parolees. There are 32 re-entry or transitional centers throughout California. Most are operated by public or private agencies under contract to the CDC. The Parole Division (“Parole”) monitors these facilities. A pilot program is being offered by Parole at five of the transitional centers. If a parolee is job ready, s/he is referred to the Employment Development Department office, which is located at the parole office. The second component of the new program is called Jobs Plus. A parolee is placed in this program when s/he is not quite ready for employment and needs additional preparation for work (e.g, training and job coaching). The third arm of the program is Offender Employment Continuum (OEC). This portion of the program is for job ready individuals and consists of a 40-hour workshop for employment. There is a 180-day follow-up by the private contractor, in many instances a local community college, that provides the workshop training. The Division of Parole also maintains Residential Multi-Service Centers (RMSC) for those parolees who are at risk of becoming or are homeless. There are 228 beds available. Residents of RMSC receive assistance with cognitive skills, literacy, life skills and drug treatment from One Stop Career Centers which are located on site. Parolees may stay for six months and their stay can be extended for up to one year. RMSC facilities are located in San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, and Los Angeles.

Contact:
Garrett Setfield, Educational Services
Institutional Division
California Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-323-2321

Contact:

VI. Legal Assistance
Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

A. State Public Defender

Contact:
California Public Defender Association (CPDA)
3273 Ramos Cir., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95827
916-362-1686
Web Site: www.cpda.org

B. Legal Services

Contact:
Public Interest Clearinghouse
100 McAllister St., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-255-1714
E-Mail: pic@pic.org
Web Site: www.pic.org

Advocate working on legal barriers to employment.

Contact:
Jennifer Moore Keith
Legal Barriers to Employment Project
Bay Area Legal Aid
San Francisco County Regional Office
50 Fell St., 1st Fl
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-982-1300, ext 308
E-Mail: jkeith@baylegal.org

Assists clients with legal barriers to employment, including criminal records.

Contact:
Megal Hailey-Dunsheath
East Bay Community Law Center
3130 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
510-548-4040, ext 347

The National Center for Youth Law is looking at employment barriers, including criminal records, as it impacts youth.

Contact:
Darryl Hamm
National Center for Youth Law
405 14th St., 15th Fl.
Oakland, CA 94612
E-Mail: dhamm@youthlaw.org

Advocate working on criminal record and employment issues.

Contact:
Nancy Cervantes
Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County
13327 Van Nuys Blvd.
Pacoima, CA 91331
1-800-433-6251
E-Mail: Ncervantes@nls-la.org

California

I. California Department of Industrial Relations

Contact:
California Department of Industrial Relations
455 Golden Gate Ave., 10th Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-703-5070
Web Site: www.dir.ca.gov/

Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to:
• potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories;
• service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and
• researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

A. Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Contact:
Phil Carr, Bonding Coordinator
Job Services Division
California Employment Development Department
750 Inn Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-654-6577

B. Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

Contact:
Shirley Pertle, Work Opportunity Tax Credit Coordinator
Job Services Division
California Employment Development Department
750 Inn Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-654-5857

C. Unemployment Insurance Office
Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.

The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.

Forms and information may be obtained at any local One Stop Center and via the internet at the web site listed below.

Contact:
Employment Development Department
2901 50th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-227-0301
Web Site: www.edd.ca.gov

II. Criminal Record Repository
This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet and learn about the process of sealing, expunging or cleaning it up. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

Fingerprints and the reason for requesting a copy of a criminal history must be submitted, along with a $25 fee, to the California Department of Justice.

Contact:
California Department of Justice
Record Review Unit
P.O. Box 903417
Sacramento, CA 94203-4170
916-227-3835

III. State Attorney General
Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Contact:
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 944255
1300 I St., Suite 1740
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-324-5437
Web Site: www.caag.state.ca.us/

IV. State Department of Corrections

Work Release Program

A work release/furlough program is available to most inmates in the California Department of Corrections’ system. Inmates who have been convicted of sex offenses, violent offenses, and high-level drug offenses are not eligible. Eligible participants must be 12 - 16 months away from release on parole. Participants are permitted out of the facility during the day for paid work experiences, but must return to a minimum security facility at night.

Contact:

Pre-Release Program

Each California Department of Corrections (CDC) facility maintains its own pre-release center. The curriculum of each pre-release center is determined by each facility. The program runs for three weeks and attendance is not mandatory, except for those individuals with convictions involving anger management. Each facility assists inmates with resume development, job readiness, and obtaining a Department of Motor Vehicles identification card and Social Security card.

Contact:
Don Smith, Program Director
California Department of Corrections
1515 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-327-3339; 916-816-3284 pager

V. California Department of Corrections
Parole Division

The California Department of Corrections (CDC) supervises the re-entry of all parolees. There are 32 re-entry or transitional centers throughout California. Most are operated by public or private agencies under contract to the CDC. The Parole Division (“Parole”) monitors these facilities. A pilot program is being offered by Parole at five of the transitional centers. If a parolee is job ready, s/he is referred to the Employment Development Department office, which is located at the parole office. The second component of the new program is called Jobs Plus. A parolee is placed in this program when s/he is not quite ready for employment and needs additional preparation for work (e.g, training and job coaching). The third arm of the program is Offender Employment Continuum (OEC). This portion of the program is for job ready individuals and consists of a 40-hour workshop for employment. There is a 180-day follow-up by the private contractor, in many instances a local community college, that provides the workshop training. The Division of Parole also maintains Residential Multi-Service Centers (RMSC) for those parolees who are at risk of becoming or are homeless. There are 228 beds available. Residents of RMSC receive assistance with cognitive skills, literacy, life skills and drug treatment from One Stop Career Centers which are located on site. Parolees may stay for six months and their stay can be extended for up to one year. RMSC facilities are located in San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, and Los Angeles.

Contact:
Garrett Setfield, Educational Services
Institutional Division
California Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-323-2321

Contact:

VI. Legal Assistance
Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

A. State Public Defender

Contact:
California Public Defender Association (CPDA)
3273 Ramos Cir., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95827
916-362-1686
Web Site: www.cpda.org

B. Legal Services

Contact:
Public Interest Clearinghouse
100 McAllister St., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-255-1714
E-Mail: pic@pic.org
Web Site: www.pic.org

Advocate working on legal barriers to employment.

Contact:
Jennifer Moore Keith
Legal Barriers to Employment Project
Bay Area Legal Aid
San Francisco County Regional Office
50 Fell St., 1st Fl
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-982-1300, ext 308
E-Mail: jkeith@baylegal.org

Assists clients with legal barriers to employment, including criminal records.

Contact:
Megal Hailey-Dunsheath
East Bay Community Law Center
3130 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
510-548-4040, ext 347

The National Center for Youth Law is looking at employment barriers, including criminal records, as it impacts youth.

Contact:
Darryl Hamm
National Center for Youth Law
405 14th St., 15th Fl.
Oakland, CA 94612
E-Mail: dhamm@youthlaw.org

Advocate working on criminal record and employment issues.

Contact:
Nancy Cervantes
Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County
13327 Van Nuys Blvd.
Pacoima, CA 91331
1-800-433-6251
E-Mail: Ncervantes@nls-la.org

The Social Justice Law Projects are advocates working on the issues of employment, licensing, and housing problems. They bring impact litigation on behalf of persons with conviction and arrrest records in the employment, licensing, and housing areas. They also work in the area of arrest record dissemination.

Contact:
Peter Sheehan
Social Justice Law Project
510 16th St., Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94612
510-893-1146
E-Mail: socialjusticelaw@hotmail.com

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
California State Bar Association
San Francisco (Main Office)
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-538-2000
Web Site: www.calbar.ca.gov

VII. Local Service Providers
Community agencies are available to assist individuals with criminal records find employment. This information will inform individuals with criminal records about government agencies and community-based organizations that assist with employment, education or vocational training. Researchers and policy makers may find this information useful in identifying agencies and service providers in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.
Arriba Juntos

Arriba Juntos, a community-based organization, has been in operation for 36 years, serving a diverse population in San Francisco. In addition to an individual with a criminal history employment program, it offers youth programming and ESL classes to over 2,000 clients yearly. Arriba Juntos maintains staff at the One Stop Career Center at 3120 Mission St. in San Francisco to assist job seekers who begin their searches at a One Stop Center. Arriba Juntos accepts drop-in clients, as well as those who make appointments. They have direct placement for clients who have job skills. Training is available in computer technology, including MS Office Suite, and certified nursing assistance with the ability to obtain California licensing. Arriba Juntos will assist clients in obtaining licensure from the State of California. In collaboration with the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) they offer a driver training course. Clients may obtain their Commercial Driving License and consideration for employment with MUNI as bus drivers. These training programs include a Life Skills component, job interview techniques and resume writing in addition to daily survival skills. Arriba Juntos has a subsidized wage/on job training program that is used as an incentive to employers to hire individuals with criminal records.

Contact:
Ximena Montes, Case Manager
Arriba Juntos
1850 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-487-3247
E-Mail: xmontes@arribajuntos.org
Web Site: www.arribajuntos.org

Career Link - Employment Resource Center

Career Link is part of California’s One Stop Center System. Individuals with a criminal history are referred to a job agent for services. Each job agent is expected to have 60 successful closures per year. (A closure is considered placing a client in a job that the client retains for 90 days or more.) Services include: job search workshops; one-on-one job counseling; vocational counseling; resource library; computerized job skills testing software; computers and equipment available for use in preparing cover letters, job resumes, job applications; and internet access for job search. Clients must call for an appointment.

Contact:
Victoria Lopez, Job Agent
Career Link - Employment Resource Center
3120 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-401-4917

Delancey Street Foundation

Delancey Street Foundation is based on the principle of self motivation. Success in the program is based on "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps." Program capacity is 450 persons at the San Francisco facility. A two-year commitment is required of all participants, however participants may stay longer in the program if needed. Walk-ins are accepted for interviews; offenders may be interviewed while incarcerated. To be placed on a waiting list, individuals must write a letter requesting an interview. Recently released offenders must be able to transfer their parole supervision to San Francisco. Residents learn not only academic and vocational skills, but also the interpersonal, social survival skills, along with the attitudes, values, sense of responsibility, and self-reliance necessary to live in the mainstream of society drug-free, successfully and legitimately. Delancey Street owns and operates several commercial businesses staffed by its residents. Individuals receive training in different vocational, business skills as well as managerial skills in the different aspects of business, and skills in owning and operating a business.

Contact:
Paul Burch, Intake
Delancey Street Foundation
600 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-957-9800

Northern California Service League

The Northern California Service League (NCSL) offers pre-release services on the county level. A 40-hour core program in life skills is given. NCSL also provides social services to assist families of offenders during their loved one’s incarceration, substance abuse counseling, GED tutoring, parenting skills, and counseling on domestic violence issues. Approximately 600 inmates, including sentenced inmates and those awaiting trial or sentencing, are serviced. NCSL is in the process of starting a program to facilitate housing needs upon release. This will include a 30-day shelter program and assistance in obtaining public assistance. Post-release services offered include job placement, a life skills workshop, substance abuse counseling, and referrals to other agencies for housing. In order to obtain services, a client needs a “1502 Referral Form” from Parole. Approximately 1,000 recently released offenders per year receive post-release services. In addition, NCSL hosts an annual job fair to assist with job placement. Transitional housing is also available for single mothers. Eleven single mothers reuniting with two children under the age of six years can be accommodated at Cameo House. Clients may stay up to one year and there are case management services on site. An extension program of post-release services is available to those parolees who reside in the San Jose area. Services are the same as those available in the San Francisco office.

Contact:
Post Release Services
Larry Braynen
Northern California Service League
28 Boardman Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-863-2323
415-863-1882 fax
E-Mail: Larry@NorCalServiceLeague.org
Web Site: http://www.NorCalServiceLeague.org

Northern California Service League

San Jose Office

Contact:
Isam Iddeen, Program Director
Northern California Service League
598 North First St., Suite 202
San Jose, CA 95112
408-297-9601
E-Mail: NCSL2@ips.net
Web Site: http://www.NorCalServiceLeague.org

Northern California Service League

Pre-Release Services

Contact:
Yolanda Robinson
Northern California Service League
San Francisco Hall of Justice, Room 116
850 Bryant St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-552-9250
E-Mail: Yolanda@NorCalServiceLeague.org
Web Site: http://www.NorCalServiceLeague.org

Opportunities Industrialization Center West (OICW)

Opportunities Industrialization Center West (OICW) is a non-profit vocational training school that provides low-or no-cost entry level training. As a One-Stop Center, it services walk-in clients in collaboration with other agencies. At its location are offices of the Department of Social Services, a local community college and a local adult school. It also provides youth services in the form of after-school programs for drop-outs or potential drop-outs. Training classes run from six weeks to six months. Training is available in the construction trades, hazardous material removal, culinary arts, clerical, certified nurse assistant, Web Desk Top publishing and A+ Certification (computer technician), including the Oracle system. Approximately 300 people receive services daily. OICW also assists recently released offenders with the expungement of California criminal records.

Contact:
Pat Rose, Client Services & Support
OICW Assessment Center
1200 O'Brien Dr., Room 137B
Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-462-6316
E-Mail: Prose@oicw.org

Private Industry Council of San Francisco (PIC)

Private Industry Council of San Francisco (PIC) is a non-profit organization that provides employment, training and research services to employers and job seekers in San Francisco. PIC is a public/private collaboration for workforce development. PIC contracts with over 60 community- based organizations to provide training and employment services. Among the agencies that PIC works with are city agencies, California Employment Development Department (EDD), City College of San Francisco, the San Francisco United School District, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce PIC has a Workforce Investment Act (WIA)-funded job training service program that serves recently released offenders among other populations. It provides GED preparation, basic literacy assistance, job development, job counseling and on-the-job training. PIC utilizes employment specialists from EDD for its job development and placement services.

Contact:
Pamela Calloway, Executive Director
Private Industry Council of San Francisco
1650 Mission St., Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-431-8700
415-431-8702 fax
E-Mail: 411@picsf.org
Web Site: www.picsf.org

Private Industry Council of San Francisco

Youth Opportunities for San Francisco (YO SF!) is a new program offering employment and development services to youths, ages 14 - 21 years, who are transitioning out of the California Juvenile Justice system’s youth ranches and guidance centers.

Contact:
Tyrone Jackson, Program Manager
YO San Francisco
1850 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-487-3912

Rubicon Programs Inc.

Rubicon Programs serves a diverse population that includes low income, disabled, non-custodial fathers and the homeless. It does not specifically target recently released offenders, however many recently released offenders fall into one of the categories that it serves. Its programs offer a myriad of services ranging from basic pre-employment skills, job search assistance, life skills, on-the-job paid training and experience at Rubicon program headquarters to job retention support services. Approximately 2,500 clients undergo the intake process each year.

Contact:
Makini Hassan, Director of Workforce Development Department
Rubicon Programs Inc.
2500 Bissell Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804
510-235-1516
510-235-2025 fax
E-Mail: rubicon@rubiconpgms.org

Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services (PVJOBS)

Playa Vista is a construction development, non-profit organization located in Los Angeles. The company allots 10% of all jobs at the construction site to at-risk people, including individuals with criminal histories. PVJOBS is considered a one-stop job center. Assessment of math and reading skills is done, as well as assistance with job resumes and job placement. Clients must be referred from another One Stop Center or a community-based organization. From information received through the assessment and job skills, an employment profile is developed and entered into the PVJOBS data base. Both union and nonunion contractors work on the development site. Clients are eligible to become members of the different trade unions.

Contact:
Craig Lofoya
Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services
12555 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 30
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310-448-4684
E-Mail: info@pvjobs.org
Web Site: www.pvjobs.org

The WorkPlace

The WorkPlace is a private-for-profit company that specializes in serving the parolee population. It has six offices in the San Fernando Valley, Orange County and Los Angeles County. The agency has a contract with the California Department of Corrections. Job specialists assist clients with developing resumes, completing job applications, and acquiring interview skills prior to developing job opportunities. Job specialists enroll clients in vocational training and coordinate efforts with One Stop Centers. Clients must call to schedule an appointment; walk-in appointments are not accepted.

Contact:
Camille Leon, Job Specialist
The WorkPlace
3407 West 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
213-386-1994
E-Mail: workplace_la@hotmail.com

Community Connection Resource Center

The Community Connection Resource Center offers comprehensive services for recently released offenders. These services include drug counseling/sober living houses, vocational training assistance, job development and placement, social services assistance, one-on-one counseling. It provides referrals for housing, as well as transitional housing for six months. It also has a youth program available. It is necessary to call for an interview/appointment. Community Connection Resource has centers located throughout the state (none near San Francisco or Oakland) where 3,000 to 3,500 recently released offenders are serviced annually.

Contact:
Louise E. Fyock, MPA
Executive Director
Community Connection Resource Center
4080 Centre St., Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92103
619-294-3900

EARN

EARN was formerly known as Welcome Home Ministry. EARN services recently released offenders who are referred through North County Community Services or the Employment Development Department. In its first year of assistance it served 365 clients with job searches, resume development, and job coaching. Computers with internet access are available for use by clients.

Contact:
Kristina Adams, Director
EARN
3355 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, CA 92054
760-439-1136
E-Mail: whministries@hotmail.com

North County Community Services

North County Community Services (NCCS) is located north of San Diego. The agency primarily works with probationers helping them to find employment. It services approximately 450 clients yearly. Services include information on Social Services, help in obtaining California identification, bus tickets for transportation to and from job interviews, resume coaching, and computer usage with internet access for job searches. The agency also refers clients to Employment Development Department One Stops and local colleges for assistance.

Contact:
Gloria Gayton, Program Manager
Sharon Lavoie, Job Developer/Case Manager
North County Community Services
1012 South Coast Highway, Suite B2
Oceanside, CA 92054
760-757-7012, 760-757-7011

Second Chance/STRIVE

Second Chance serves individuals with a criminal history, long-term unemployed/underemployed, or homeless people. Using the STRIVE model, Second Chance encompasses a three-week job readiness program. In addition to assistance with resume writing, clothing and interview techniques, soft skills such as eye contact and hand shaking are taught. Upon completion of the three-week program, graduates of the program attend a job fair. STRIVE program graduates have a 95% employment rate. Job developers are also available to assist individuals who do not enter the STRIVE program to develop skills enabling them to do a job search on their own. These individuals also attend the monthly job fair held by Second Chance. Transitional work experience is also available for those people who have never worked or have not worked in many years. This allows participants to gain entry-level work experience with the goal of obtaining permanent employment.

Contact:
Scott Silverman, Executive Director/Founder
Jack Micklos, Director of Programs
Second Chance/STRIVE
6145 Imperial Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114
619-234-8888
619-234-7787 fax
E-Mail: secondchance@secondchanceprogram.org
Web Site: www.secondchanceprogram.org
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I used to work for contract attorneys. From my experience lifers don't usually get released until after their fifth try. Also, the attorneys that you get can range anywhere from competent to just trying to make a buck. I had the competent and we read the entire case file.. damn that was long! But he did his job and helped alot of people.
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Are you just speaking about CA? This is not true here in MO at all. I have seen Lifers make Parole after 2 or 3 herings. Right know there is a big push for re-entry.


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Stormchild and Shiva ~ Thank you for your support! Of course it was disappointing and we both had a phase of depression to go through after the hearing, but on the other hand: looking at what is usual in CA, we actually couldn't expect anything different. It's sooo sad!

mjd ~ My man is in CA; I wish we would have a big push for re-entry there too!!!
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I just wanted to add my sympathy in the parole denial, I know how very hard it is to go thru this. You just have to keep your head up and try to prepare the best you can for the next go round. I know, easier said than done.

The parole board here is now bringing my guy up every year. We are due up again in March.

I wish you luck in your next appearance, perhaps between now and then something will change in your system there.
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JKB's Girl ~ I wish you all the best for the upcoming hearing and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Keep us updated, will you?
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I have been getting job offers from people I know who own their own businesses and going back to his hometown area to friends and family for this type of help! It's not always what you know, but who you know! I too am starting research for transitional housing and other self help type programs for our future. If I come across anything I'll let you know! Down 21 on a 27 to life with our 1st hearing on the 18th. His state appointed attorney has been very helpful! You might get attorney info from your man and try that too! Good Luck!
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Sorry.. I guess I was not paying total attention to what you wrote! I got a call from my mans attorney last night and they met to discuss hearing last thursday the 10th and the BPT is on the 18th. We are in northern CA, so why the 5 min before hearing?? I don't think that is legal according to parole info my man sent me several months ago! Of course we know... they can do what they want and it's hard to change that! The attorney told me also if parole isn't happening to take it back through the courts! Is that a possibility? CA is in a world of hurt in the over crowding dept so maybe worth a shot? Again.. I'm sorry! If I come up with anything useful I will share!



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My man is in his 18th year of a 15-life sentence in California and has his 3rd parole hearing coming up this month (the hearing was rescheduled from April to February - which leaves us (too) little time to get everything ready). I'm from the Netherlands and not really familiar with the system in California. We can't afford a lawyer - and my man will not be able to talk to the public lawyer he asked for until 5 minutes prior to the hearing.
WE NEED HELP! Especially with

- (finding) job offers
- housing offers
- transitional assistance programs/addresses
- support letters

in LA county/southern California.

Who is able to help us in any way - or can recommend people/institutions who could be helpful?

(Please feel free to pm me at any time for more info.)

Any advice and support is so very much appreciated - thank you!
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Angeldan ~ Thank you for your response!

One of our problems is that my man had just moved to CA when the incident happened, he has no friends or family there and doesn't know any people he could turn to. His parents died some years ago, and he has no other family ties. And as I am in Europe and thus too far away, it's really difficult to know any people who could help....
With the hearing, it went right as he was told: he wasn't able to see or speak the attorney until half an hour before the hearing. I think that this is just plain immoral, but if it is legal, I wouldn't know. If you have any more detailed info on that, please let me know! Thanks!

I will think of you and your man on the 18th, and wish you all the best for the hearing! Good luck!

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Sorry.. I guess I was not paying total attention to what you wrote! I got a call from my mans attorney last night and they met to discuss hearing last thursday the 10th and the BPT is on the 18th. We are in northern CA, so why the 5 min before hearing?? I don't think that is legal according to parole info my man sent me several months ago! Of course we know... they can do what they want and it's hard to change that! The attorney told me also if parole isn't happening to take it back through the courts! Is that a possibility? CA is in a world of hurt in the over crowding dept so maybe worth a shot? Again.. I'm sorry! If I come up with anything useful I will share!
Hi angeldan63. Yes, this has happened to my man, where his hearing is scheduled for a Friday, and all of a sudden out of the blue, they call him for a Wednesday hearing! Yep. And if he has a PD (public defender) they really don't do alot for you. He really should do all of the speaking. My man has been to his TENTH hearing on a 15 - Life sentence. And approximately 3 of them have been postponed due to not an updated pysch report, missing copy of 602, etc. If you think or he thinks he is being held past his matrix and is being treated as a 1st degree murder, versus 2nd degree (Like my man) he should do a Writ of HC and get that through the courts. My man has been locked up this April will be 26 years on a 15 - Life.

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If you are in Calif. and you are denied parole over and over and the board is using the crime (normal for them) as the reason why he was denied YES by all means take it to the courts. Fight the boards decisions, guys have been getting out through the courts. The courts are getting tired to the crap the board is dishing out, they are blanket denials and the courts are well aware of the tactics.
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