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Default What are his chances for parole in Ohio with an aggravated murder convict?

My boyfriend was convicted of aggravate murder and has done 19 of his 20 to life sentence. His first parole hearing is April 2017. Does anyone know of anyone getting paroled at his first hearing for aggravated murder? (He was not the shooter, but was involved in a robbery than ended with someone being murdered.)
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While I'm not familiar with Ohio, I can say with certainty that the Parole Board will look at his whole criminal history; they'll look at his institutional adjustment; gang affiliations, programs / classes taken, whether or not he's worked while incarcerated....so many, many variables that it would be really hard to guess if he'll get parole or not. And, to be honest, sometimes it just depends on which way the wind is blowing.

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Don't know what to say but I hope they let him free so he can experience life like its suppose to be. I probably know him. Man I hope they start getting a little more looser with their decisions because they got to understand you cant base a man by his record from prison because its survival when you are in these places. I hope he gets it!
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In saying ive seen many faces through my 8 years of incarceration.
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Don't know what to say but I hope they let him free so he can experience life like its suppose to be. I probably know him. Man I hope they start getting a little more looser with their decisions because they got to understand you cant base a man by his record from prison because its survival when you are in these places. I hope he gets it!
But they do base decisions on prison records. You have to earn parole, not make excuses.
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Mine just went to the board (in Ohio), he got an 8 year flop before he sees board again, they said they take severity of the crime into a lot of the consideration. Also what the others have said how his conduct has been while in, classes and programs. Ohio is not the most "friendly" when it comes to parole. Not trying to sound like a negative nancy just what we have seen throughout our years dealing with Ohio. Good luck!
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In Ohio? Good luck! The parole board in Ohio is a joke and keeps guys in to keep their jobs. Unfortunately just like Just-Cynt said, Ohio is ROUGH when it comes to parole. I've known so many tied into the Ohio system
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I'd also add that if the family of his victim write opposing parole, there's no way in hell. Sorry. But, if they write in favor of parole, especially if Ohio has a victim impact course AND he's participated in it, it can really help.

Generally, though, they are not too keen on parole for anybody convicted of a violent felony. The more violent and aggravated, the less likely they will opt for parole on the first bid, especially if he has any blemishes on his institutional record.

What can speed up the process is a court order demanding the State relieve overcrowding. Neither you nor he can do a thing about that one.
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the ohio parole board has changed their system too, they revised their policies this year, one major one was medical release due to ohio inmate who lost both hands and feet to gain greene. so they changed the medical policy for medical reconsiderations.

What they changed and reading their stats is that no inmate got a parole at first hearing, nor the COBR. Only at the FULL BOARD hearing level was paroles granted now. So now its like a 3 step interview process. last year 2015 was only 4% paroles, this year is up to 10%.

I see better chances of parole to family versus girlfriends, if they are a sex offender, they are NOT allowed to reside with house with kids even if they are direct family. Instead it will be halfway house. The APA will be leary of boyfriend girlfriends who have not lived together and ask what if you don't work out? what is the back up plan?

So work on counseling together. create a counseling plan, which the DRC could do before release. but they don't.

Also, ALL INMATES should start doing "Parole Board Resumes" rather than sit and say nothing. explain what you learned from all your programs. to them the certficate dosen't tell them what you actually learned and got out of each program.

Also include medical issues

All family needs to get together and work on a plan, call the APA 6 months before the hearing and set up a meeting with a parole board member. 614-752-1200. a lot of people do not know this is available. Also bring pictures of plan A and B so they can actually see where they will be staying, the more pics the better. better than hearsay.

Plus compile all the support letters you can, get people on social medis to write the APA an email, the more the better. take these letters to your meeting with the APA. try and have both plan A and B people attend the meeting together.

The parole process is extremely hard, and unfair. study the "ten point parole reform" print it and read it. Especially the victm section, this is the first study to include the victims, and the ohio parole board has victims on the board. the study states if two inmates go up, and both are elligible for a parole, and one has a victim, BOTH SHOULD BE PAROLED!!! the victms had their say in court
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers....act_id=2672033

Some inmates have seen the board 8 times and victims get to add and change their stories, but we never get to see the letters, even prosecutors too. the prosecutor can object 7 days after the parole hearing.

Also do a public records request for your inmates complete parole file so he/she can be better prepared. this is a DRC policy, and you can ask the APA how to obtain a copy.

The better prepared the better chance, and start 6-12 months in advance, not 3 months.

Good luck

the rumor about parole board contunuing to keep their jobs is not true, just remeber every murder in ohio an inmate gets life. life means under the parole board. What we have to teach people is to DO NOT plea to a life sentence, and take a longer sentence with a GUARANTEED OUT DATE. 15- life or 18 flat for example, then tickets won't matter and do not have to think about the parole board. I feel sorry for all the people who do this BECAUSE their criminal attorney do not know the system after the courts.
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http://www.blockparole.com/

some county prosecutors do this on their websites, check and see, then write letters in favor of a parole.
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also google "judgment day prison or parole, and watch it very informing, they showed them, but once last episode aired they took it off the channel and will not show re runs, yet show repeats of anything else. but you can buy it on amazon.
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I'd be leery about advising somebody push for a definitive number of years on an ag murder - Ohio has the death penalty and it uses the death penalty. A defendant facing the death penalty needs to weigh that in before deciding to push for a particular plea deal especially if his attorney advises against it, or advises that they will go for death. But, most of that is well outside the scope of the OP's question.

A parole resume is good. Parole boards will read letters opposing release, especially from the family of the victim. Do not downplay the impact of those letters.

It is much better to try to get the victim's family on your side and supporting release. A quick google search indicates that Ohio has a victim dialogue program, and engaging in that program would do a world of good for parole.

Look, you're looking to demonstrate to the parole board that you've learned your lesson and you are ready to parole. How do you do this?

you show that you have support waiting for you when you get out - the more the better. These are the people who are there to give you a definitive place to stay - address and all - once you get out, and the ability to spend some time acclimating to the world that you left 20 years ago. It is not a gang house, there have been no domestic violence or similar calls to the police, and everything seems stable with working adults paying their taxes. And, they have the funds necessary to help you get clothes and get acclimated to your situation. They will also hook you up with services.

You have a job or the skills necessary to get a job once you get out - the more employable you are, especially with a violent felony, the better. This means doing classes in prison that include GED education, plus college education, plus anything that you can learn that translates into a marketable job when you get out. You should also have a baseline employment resume ready.

You are addressing the issues that put you in prison - you've left your gang, are doing AA/NA, have engaged in counseling, and are actively working to make sure you have changed and stay changed. You also need to show that you intend to continue with counseling and AA/NA and whatever religious programming you're into by having the current AA/NA schedule, the address of a church you're going to attend (with some dialogue via letter with the head of the religious organization you're attending) Buttress these efforts with letters of support from your religious leader, your counselor, and your sponsor. You should also get a list of low/no cost counseling services in the area of your parole.

Since you've been in for 20 years, you want to have certificates that show that you are a person any community would like to have walking its streets. So, First Aid and CPR certificates if available. You want a clean record for as long as possible. Having tickets that are gang related when you say you're out of a gang will do you no good. Having tickets of violence of any kind will do you no good. You need to control your actions in prison, as well as the environment you surround yourself with. They are seeing potential parolees with no tickets for the last decade, so don't try to bs them with "it's absolutely necessary" It's not. They don't want to let a violent felon still engaged in violence out of prison.

You need to have your talking points together and anticipate the questions they are going to ask. You know they are going to ask about the crime, so be prepared to get into the bone of the crime. Stay away from the surface bullshit - a life was taken and you need to let the board know you know what that means. An effective way of doing this is looking at the person's life as it would be today. Ignore gang shit or any criminality on the part of the victim - the victim still didn't deserve to die. Instead, focus on what the victim's life would be like at various milestones - a son's graduation, a daughter's wedding, teaching a kid to ride a bike, attending his/her own parent's funeral and not being there for that parent's final illness. Timeline those things, those major things, and really feel what was lost as a result of your victim's death. Create an entire life, and take responsibility for ending it prematurely.

Beyond that, talk about the things you are doing to make sure you are no longer a danger to society. That's where support, especially family support comes into play as well as your skills and readiness to contribute positively to your community - that's the other side of it.

Prepare a speech, prepare for questions you know they are going to ask. Practice using the kind of language the parole board expects of courteous potential parolees. This means practice up on your standard English if you're not in the habit of using standard English. If you are ESL, make sure you get some friends to help you by having English dialogues at least once a day.

If you don't understand a board member, ask for clarification. Keep control of your emotions - they don't want to see your anger. They do want to see that you have control of your anger, your frustration, and that you don't lash out, even verbally, when tested.

If your state allows, get a lawyer to help.
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Here also ACLU report

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