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Old 06-18-2018, 07:14 PM
AshleyMarie810 AshleyMarie810 is offline

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Default Are parole lawyers worth it? What sort of things are favorable for parole?

So we have a few years left before he is eligible for parole but we are trying to plan things out. Are parole lawyers worth it? What sort of things are favorable for parole? What other things should we be doing to get prepared? Any and all information will be appreciated.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:35 PM
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If your state allows parole lawyers, and you can afford one, get one. Why? Because a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. Parole lawyers can give you a good idea of whether you'll get parole, help you format things, and argue what's relevant with the parole board, just to mention a few things.

What does he need to do to maximize his chances of parole?
1. Clean record. No write-ups.
2. Programs. If he has addiction issues, he needs to deal with it via NA or whatever other programs the prison has. Counseling. Education. Work.
3. Outside support including a place to stay, a job waiting for him (even if it's a crap job. My brother, for instance, dug ditches for a couple of years when he got out), help with the basics including a continuation of any peer related programs (NA, AA, Alanon, CoDA, Hearing Voices, whatever), access to transportation, a counselor that he can afford, etc.
4. Victim support (optional, but definitely difficult to get released on the first go around if the victim is actively seeking to have him stay in)
5. The ability to claim responsibility for his crime(s) without excuses.

Look, he's looking to make it so that the board sees him as a good risk for release. This means he has to take responsibility for his crime, fix the damage he caused, and do what he needs to do to make sure he never does it again. This means convincing the board he understands those things and is well on his way to becoming a contributing member of society, a contributing member of his family.
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Old 06-22-2018, 10:33 PM
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Cannot speak to the OP's jurisdiction, but in those States where one is able to hire counsel skilled in the parole process, the attorney is going to have a far better idea than the general public about what the Board is looking at. They will have ideally met with the client, performed an evaluation and gotten copies of every single scrap of paper ever generated by an agency about their client.

Using that information, the attorney can then articulate the reasons why a release makes sense and why there is a minimal risk posed to the community.
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:15 AM
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I know Parole lawyers can be helpful. The issue is to find one who is respected by the Parole Board and who has a history of good results. You can get a list of good lawyers from the state.

You should speak to one of the Board members unless they have an Executive Director.

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