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Old 02-08-2016, 08:17 PM
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My husband went to the PA parole board in June of 2015. They said he can apply/petition for early review after one year. Does anyone have firsthand information about what this request/petition/application entails? This sucks because he's been down since late 2002 and hasn't had one misconduct and had done more than what was mandatory according to his sentence and parole consideration requirements. Please any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!
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By statute, the Board must consider any application for parole review unless they have rendered a decision in the previous 12 months.

So, when he has one year from the date of his last decision, he simply tells his counselor he wants to be reviewed.
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Just now getting your reply. Im a bit outdated aka technologically challanged. At any rate, his early review was approved and he is now on the september docket for parole hearing. Have you any info about decisions at this point, the thu units, etc.? How come im unable to participate in his hearing similar to some states? I am his lega spouse and emergency contact.
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The review process is almost identical to the first consideration. This time, the Board will also look at what has transpired since their last interview. his first green sheet would have had reasons for the denial and also factors it will consider at the next review. All he can do is follow those steps.

Bear in mind that the Board often refuses to parole inmates who could be considered "model inmates," even those with the prison's recommendation. This is because the Board is also required to consider the crime(s), any previous crime(s), any victim impact statements that may have been filed, and statements from the sentencing court, and their blanket mission to "protect the interests of justice." All of these can outweigh what the inmate has done while incarcerated, which is very frustrating.

Victim impact statements are totally confidential; the Board will not even acknowledge that they have been filed. (That issue was upheld by the PA Commonwealth Court.)

As for your participation, Pennsylvania is not required to follow other states. The matter of parole is between the Commonwealth and the offender. Like the victim(s), you can make your feelings heard in writing, but you can't participate directly.
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Just out of curiosity, his month of review was June but they “misplaced” his paperwork so his month changed to September. Is there anything we can do about them seeing him 3 months after he was supposed to be reviewed. This almost be a moot issue since we are currently waiting for a decision and this time his home plan has been investigated and approved but still no decision. Just wondering your thoughts.
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No. Parole is a privilege and not a right, therefore he has no right to be seen by the Board in any given time frame.
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