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Old 08-11-2004, 02:32 PM
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This question and answer sheet was given to an inmate and my husband sent it to me, they are located at Coffee County Correctional, they were passing them out. They were given out by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles in Atlanta, the last time it was revised was in 1995. It has some good information. See below. ( Sorry it is a little Long)

1. How can I get paroled out of this Place?
As a state inmate you will be considred for parole automatically. You don't have to write or get your family to write. Excessive visits, letters or calls will frequently delay consideration sincee the file is removed from normal processing for responses or visits.

2. When will I be considered?
If you are NOT serving a life sentence, the board tries to have your case ready for consideratin about eight months after you enter the state reception prison.

3. Should I write the parole board or have family and friends visit?
The parole board cannot and will not routinely respond to letters. Due to the tremendous volume, this could delay parole consideration. The majority of all questions raised by family or friends can be answered by telephone. Family and friends may call the board's automated phone system 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (404)657-9350. Family and friends wishing to speak with the a board representive may come to the board central office on any Tuesday that not a state holiday between the hours of 8:15 and 4:15. No appointment necessary.

4. What if I've been in a state prison more than eight months and haven't heard anything?
Some cases just take longer to prepare. For example, your case will always be delayed if you go back to court and receive an additonal prison sentence. It will take longer if the board has to get information on you from another state. It will take longer if, on your personal history statement, you give wrong addresses or wrong phone numbers for your family members or former employers.

5. If there is a long, unexplained delay, what can I do?
If you have been in the state prison system for more than eight months (not including jail time) on a non-life sentence without gettin an additional sentence and without being considered for parole, you may want to ask about your case in a letter to: State Board of Pardons and Paroles
ATTN: Hearing Examiner Staff
2 M.L. King, Jr., Drive, S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Remember to wait eight months, and please keep your letter brief. Any letter sent to the board central office from or about inmate with the inmate's correct serial number on it will become a permanent part of the inmates case file.

6. When will I be considered for parole on my life sentence?
Most lifers become eligible for consideration after seven years, but there are exceptions, as explained in your inmate handbook.

7. What does the board have to do before it makes a parole decison?
The board must investigate an evaluate the inmate's case. It must recieve three main reports from its field officers:
A. The Personal history statement questionnair, which is filled out by the parole officer who interviews the inmate soon after he enters the state reception prison.
B . The social investigation report, which contains information a parole officer obtains when interviewing the inmate's family members, former employers and others.
C. The legal investigation report, which includes a detaile account of the inmate's offense and local criminal history, written by a parole officer who consults knowledgeable officials and official records.

The inmate's case is said to be "under investigation" until the boards central office recieves these three reports and a FBI or Georgia Crime Information center record of arrests and convictions nationwide and then submits the case file for evaluation.

8. Why does an inmate's case stay "under evaluation" for four to eight weeks or more?
A lot must be done during this phase. first the case file is assigned to a hearing examiner, who studies it and calculates the parole decision guidelines recommendation(see inmate handbook for recommendations). The file circulates from one board member's office to another as members individually and privately study the case and vote. Board members vote on cases every day and the majority vote prevails at any one time there are hundreds of cases under evaluation. If during a case invaluation a hearing examiner or board member finds that more informatin is needed, evaluation stops until the information is obtained.
If the board is inclined to parole an inmate before he has served one-third of his sentence, Georgia law requires the board write the sentencing judge and district attorney and give them ten days to express their views. If a court official responds with a protest, board members consider it. the case remains under evaluation until the decision is announced.

9. Why do some non-life sentence inmates recieve a guidelines notice of tentative action while others don't?
If the board decides on a TPM month which more than two months away, or decides to deny parole, the notice is sent. On the other hand, if the TPM month is less than two months away, the board does not take time to send a guidelines notice but instead starts work on getting the inmate paroled.

10. After I receive my guidelines notice with a future TPM, will there be another review of my case?
There will be a final review about four months before your TPM. This review will cover your parole review summary questionnair provided by the Department of Corrections, any disciplinary reports, and any other pertinent information. Misconduct may result in an extension of the TPM to a later month, or, if serious enough, may result in a board decision to deny parole altogether. The board reserves the right to change a tentative decision for any reason.

11. If I make a very good record, can I get paroled earlier than my TPM?
Possibly. If your parole review summary, which is filled out by your counselor, warden, and an official in the central office of the Department of Corrections, says you are an "above-average" inmate, the board will consider paroling you up to two months before your TPM if your prison sentence is five years or less, or up to three months before your TPM if your prison sentence is more than five years.

The board has NOT agreed to consider an earlier-than-TPM releas for inmates who simply complete certain prison programs. To be considered, an inmate must get an "above average" evaluation on the parole review summary. Also, there is no such thing as a family-hardship parole.
(If you are or were intitially considered for parole on or after April 1, 1993, you may be eligible for earning performance incentive credits. (see counselor for information).

12. Why does it take so long to get a granted inmate out the gate?
Certain things must be done first. If the inmates parole residence plan has changed, must be rechecked. If the residence was checked out during the social investigation more than one year before, it must be verfied again. A memo is sent to the local parole office requesting verification of the residence plan, and a written respinse is received. Living with an unrelated perosn of the opposite sex will usually be approved only if the person had been a common-law spouse for at least six months before the inmate was confined. To give the corrections department time to do its release processing, the parole board has been asked to put an "effective" date on the parole certificate that is a least ten working days in the future. A few days before his parole, the inmate should recieve a letter from the board telling him the exact parole date.

13. How can I get special release because of prison overcrowding?
From time to time over the years the parole board has helped relieve prison and jail overcrowding with special release programs for inmates usually serving short sentences for less serious offenses. When such program is in effect, inmates do not have to apply. All who meet the criteria are automatically considered. there are no special releases for family or financial hardships that are the result of an inmate's incarceration.

14. How can I get transferred to a prison close to home or to work release?
The parole board has no authority over: transferring inmates to other prisons, issuing disciplinary reports, computing sentences, issuing time sheets, crediting jail time, or providing medical care. These are all handled by the Georgia Department of corrections.

The only time the Parole board normally may consider recommending an inmate for the Corrections Department's work release or alcohol-drug treatment program is when the board members decide to set a TPM month or when an inmate reaches his TPM but needs to develop a parole residence plan. If you have a question about these things, ask your institutional councelor.
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Thank you for that information. My boyfriend has so many questions and hopefully this will help him. Thank you again.
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telling people not to write etc is bs. They try to make it look like if you write they will delay your release, and they tell you this so that you won't write and they can lower their volume of mail.

They tried to tell my mother the same thing when I was in need of medical attention, "writting letters and calling just delays your son in seeing the doctor", when in fact having never written or called would have resulted in no medical attention at all.
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Angel,
Thanks alot. Your husband is in Coffee County---I dont know if I have talked with you before but my ex is there. I am curious to know if they may be in the same pod or whatever they are calling it. If you wanna talk pm me. When is the last time you visited there?

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This is pretty interesting. Lots of useful information, but I wrote the parole board on a weekly basis via regular mail and email on top of my phone calls and my fiance was paroled exactly at his 1/3 of his sentence so I don't buy the line where they tell you not to write either. My fiance's case examiner told me that all the letters from myself and our famil members were put in his file and taken into consideration during his investigation and that they DO make a difference. Think about it, it shows that someone cares about the inmate.
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Just wondering if this is valid. My friend just sent me this handout which he received at Baldwin. It sounds like the "parole board" counselor was trying to get to the inmates and be as cruel as possible, to gauge responses. Then again, my fiancé has his masters in Psychology, so this didn't work on him.
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my man is in jackson for diagnostics right now. he got that and sent it to me not to long ago.
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I think the majority of it is true, except the mail and calls things. That actually works in their favor.
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I was told that it was a bunch of crap! They handed this out to make inmates worry and tell their families not to write or call. I was told that everything is done on computer, that they don't actually pull a file and so therefore it can't hinder an inmmates chances because you call or write. They don't change the order in which the files are filed. They are probably in alphabetical order anyway.
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Thanks for taking the time to post that for us, Angel. Does shed some light.

I have a MAJOR COMPLAINT about the phone number, though. Why don't they have a l-800 number for families to call for parole info? Just one more way the family is punished because the inmate is behind bars. I appreciate the VINE people having a l-800 number for us.

I agree with you all about the phone calls, letters, and e-mails. The State of Georgia employees, who receive their salary from US, would much prefer not to deal with us-----might take up their coffee break time.
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Hello everyone

This question and answer sheet was given to an inmate and my husband sent it to me, they are located at Coffee County Correctional, they were passing them out. They were given out by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles in Atlanta, the last time it was revised was in 1995. It has some good information. See below. ( Sorry it is a little Long)

1. How can I get paroled out of this Place?
As a state inmate you will be considred for parole automatically. You don't have to write or get your family to write. Excessive visits, letters or calls will frequently delay consideration sincee the file is removed from normal processing for responses or visits.

2. When will I be considered?
If you are NOT serving a life sentence, the board tries to have your case ready for consideratin about eight months after you enter the state reception prison.

3. Should I write the parole board or have family and friends visit?
The parole board cannot and will not routinely respond to letters. Due to the tremendous volume, this could delay parole consideration. The majority of all questions raised by family or friends can be answered by telephone. Family and friends may call the board's automated phone system 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (404)657-9350. Family and friends wishing to speak with the a board representive may come to the board central office on any Tuesday that not a state holiday between the hours of 8:15 and 4:15. No appointment necessary.

4. What if I've been in a state prison more than eight months and haven't heard anything?
Some cases just take longer to prepare. For example, your case will always be delayed if you go back to court and receive an additonal prison sentence. It will take longer if the board has to get information on you from another state. It will take longer if, on your personal history statement, you give wrong addresses or wrong phone numbers for your family members or former employers.

5. If there is a long, unexplained delay, what can I do?
If you have been in the state prison system for more than eight months (not including jail time) on a non-life sentence without gettin an additional sentence and without being considered for parole, you may want to ask about your case in a letter to: State Board of Pardons and Paroles
ATTN: Hearing Examiner Staff
2 M.L. King, Jr., Drive, S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Remember to wait eight months, and please keep your letter brief. Any letter sent to the board central office from or about inmate with the inmate's correct serial number on it will become a permanent part of the inmates case file.

6. When will I be considered for parole on my life sentence?
Most lifers become eligible for consideration after seven years, but there are exceptions, as explained in your inmate handbook.

7. What does the board have to do before it makes a parole decison?
The board must investigate an evaluate the inmate's case. It must recieve three main reports from its field officers:
A. The Personal history statement questionnair, which is filled out by the parole officer who interviews the inmate soon after he enters the state reception prison.
B . The social investigation report, which contains information a parole officer obtains when interviewing the inmate's family members, former employers and others.
C. The legal investigation report, which includes a detaile account of the inmate's offense and local criminal history, written by a parole officer who consults knowledgeable officials and official records.

The inmate's case is said to be "under investigation" until the boards central office recieves these three reports and a FBI or Georgia Crime Information center record of arrests and convictions nationwide and then submits the case file for evaluation.

8. Why does an inmate's case stay "under evaluation" for four to eight weeks or more?
A lot must be done during this phase. first the case file is assigned to a hearing examiner, who studies it and calculates the parole decision guidelines recommendation(see inmate handbook for recommendations). The file circulates from one board member's office to another as members individually and privately study the case and vote. Board members vote on cases every day and the majority vote prevails at any one time there are hundreds of cases under evaluation. If during a case invaluation a hearing examiner or board member finds that more informatin is needed, evaluation stops until the information is obtained.
If the board is inclined to parole an inmate before he has served one-third of his sentence, Georgia law requires the board write the sentencing judge and district attorney and give them ten days to express their views. If a court official responds with a protest, board members consider it. the case remains under evaluation until the decision is announced.

9. Why do some non-life sentence inmates recieve a guidelines notice of tentative action while others don't?
If the board decides on a TPM month which more than two months away, or decides to deny parole, the notice is sent. On the other hand, if the TPM month is less than two months away, the board does not take time to send a guidelines notice but instead starts work on getting the inmate paroled.

10. After I receive my guidelines notice with a future TPM, will there be another review of my case?
There will be a final review about four months before your TPM. This review will cover your parole review summary questionnair provided by the Department of Corrections, any disciplinary reports, and any other pertinent information. Misconduct may result in an extension of the TPM to a later month, or, if serious enough, may result in a board decision to deny parole altogether. The board reserves the right to change a tentative decision for any reason.

11. If I make a very good record, can I get paroled earlier than my TPM?
Possibly. If your parole review summary, which is filled out by your counselor, warden, and an official in the central office of the Department of Corrections, says you are an "above-average" inmate, the board will consider paroling you up to two months before your TPM if your prison sentence is five years or less, or up to three months before your TPM if your prison sentence is more than five years.

The board has NOT agreed to consider an earlier-than-TPM releas for inmates who simply complete certain prison programs. To be considered, an inmate must get an "above average" evaluation on the parole review summary. Also, there is no such thing as a family-hardship parole.
(If you are or were intitially considered for parole on or after April 1, 1993, you may be eligible for earning performance incentive credits. (see counselor for information).

12. Why does it take so long to get a granted inmate out the gate?
Certain things must be done first. If the inmates parole residence plan has changed, must be rechecked. If the residence was checked out during the social investigation more than one year before, it must be verfied again. A memo is sent to the local parole office requesting verification of the residence plan, and a written respinse is received. Living with an unrelated perosn of the opposite sex will usually be approved only if the person had been a common-law spouse for at least six months before the inmate was confined. To give the corrections department time to do its release processing, the parole board has been asked to put an "effective" date on the parole certificate that is a least ten working days in the future. A few days before his parole, the inmate should recieve a letter from the board telling him the exact parole date.

13. How can I get special release because of prison overcrowding?
From time to time over the years the parole board has helped relieve prison and jail overcrowding with special release programs for inmates usually serving short sentences for less serious offenses. When such program is in effect, inmates do not have to apply. All who meet the criteria are automatically considered. there are no special releases for family or financial hardships that are the result of an inmate's incarceration.

14. How can I get transferred to a prison close to home or to work release?
The parole board has no authority over: transferring inmates to other prisons, issuing disciplinary reports, computing sentences, issuing time sheets, crediting jail time, or providing medical care. These are all handled by the Georgia Department of corrections.

The only time the Parole board normally may consider recommending an inmate for the Corrections Department's work release or alcohol-drug treatment program is when the board members decide to set a TPM month or when an inmate reaches his TPM but needs to develop a parole residence plan. If you have a question about these things, ask your institutional councelor.
HOW LONG DOSE IT TAKE INMATES TO GET DONE WITH CASE PLAN ,WHEN WILL I HAVE SOMEONE COME OUT TO MY PLACE TO SEE IT AND IF HES GET CRIED FROM THE JAIL OF 244 DAYS AND WAS SENTENDES 11/23/2011 AND HAS TO DO 1/3 OF HES TIME HOW LONG ARE WE LOOKING AT IF YOU GET 5 YRS PLASES HELP ME
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