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Old 03-19-2006, 08:54 PM
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What is the difference between pre-release and parole?
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:32 PM
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I hope that bobble will correct me if I get this wrong. Pre-release is when the inmate has not yet reached their minimum, and the DOC transfers them to a halfway house. Halfway houses run by the DOC are officially called CCCs (Community Corrections Centers, I think) and are level one on the 1 to 5 security scale. (Level 5 is the hole. My son has worked his way up, over 10 years from being a level 4 -- because he was a juvenile -- to being a level 2, still living in or on the prison grounds, but able to be escorted off the property to clean highways, etc. He will never be a Level 1, because he is well past his minimum.) Anyway, if an inmate gets pre-release, he goes to live in a CCC, and gets a real job in the community. He is still under the supervision of the DOC, not parole. In that same CCC, there could also be living someone who is on parole, and did not have a home to go to, or the parole board thought they needed some extra supervision or programming for the first little while they were out. For parole, the inmate has at least reached his minimum, seen the board, and been approved for release. They are under the supervison of a parole agent. Did I just make any sense?
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Thank you Thank you You made perfect sense. He will be on parole and not early release because he has met his minimum etc. Should I just plan on him being there at least 3 months? I am sure they felt he needed a little programing. They decided CCC before they even checked his home plan. When does your son come home?
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What do you have to do to qualify for pre release/ccc halfway houses. I read that your not a your minimum. How do you get into these programs. Also ar you allowed to hold hands at your visits or no physical contact at all except when you get there and leave?
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Hi.
To qualify for pre-release, there is a procedure outlined in the DOC handbook. The first element is time-related. The inmate must be within 18 months of his minimum and have been in the DOc more than a year, plus he must be at least halway to his minimum. So, for example, if the sentence were 5-10, he'd meet all three criteria after 3-1/2 years. On a 2-whatever, the criteria are met at 1 year, however, they don't generally do pre-release on such short sentences.
Now, one the time requirements are met, the inmate can apply, through his counselor. They will hald a "staffing" and pass around a vote sheet. In non-violent and non-problematic offenses, the Superintendent is the final word. In more problematic cases, the decision goea all the way to the Regional Deputy Secretary.
Once approved, they are put in line for a bed date at any center within the "home" region.
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Old 04-13-2006, 08:01 PM
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Hi.
Time eligibilty for pre-release is within 12 months of the minumum. Application is made within 18 months (to allow 6 months for the process.) As I understand your numbers, you're saying he has 12 months in on an 84 month minimum, and they mentioned pre-release in 30 months. That's 42 months in to his sentence, which is half the minimum.
Another time-eligibilty requirement is that half the minimum must be served. My hunch is that he's been given ONE requirement, but not ALL requirements. He is not eligible to apply until he has served 5-1/2 years, and he could go to the halfway house during the last year of his minimum.
You can get the entire DOC policy at www.cor.state.pa.us. Click on the link for policies, get the list on your screen, and you'll see one for Pre-release.
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My husband is in Lycoming prc. They are letting more and more come there due to overcrowding of the lycoming county prison.... It sometimes has to do with luck... Ours was luck...
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okay....so if prerelease is out for an 84 month sentence......what are the chances of getting into the drug program at chester....anything else?? any other programs?? is anyone ever let out before 12months prior to their min???
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My son is in SCI Houtzdale and he told me he heard they do not do any type of pre-release in state prison. Is this true? He was sentenced for 3-6yrs, first time offender for drug charges, he's having a problem getting in to boot camp and pre release may be another option. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Janice
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SCI's do have pre release. Before my fiance got out on prerelease a year before his minimum and was assigned to a community corrections center (halfway house) The inmates have to apply for pre release..have him talk to his counselor or you try to give his counselor a call.
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Hello everyone. I just sent a reply to Bob, but realized my questions may be already answered by reading some of the threads. Another question (s) I have is (1) my husband did county time at Bradford County (about 6 mos) He is currently doing time in NY. He was sent to PA Dec 2005 to finish his PA plea. They gave him 3 years. He is back in NY to finish his time their and will be transfered back to PA system to finish his time with them. Does his 6 mos count towards his 3 years? and (2) does this make him elig for parole instead of pre-release because of his time left? Thanks again for your help
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Anyone know anything about PA's state intermediate punishment program?
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Hi.

Intermediate punishment is mainly what we would consider alternatives to incarceration, including house arrest, probation, community service, etc.

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well my husband is in camphill, not at home, so theres more to intermediate punishment than that.
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This is posted on the DOC website:

State Intermediate Punishment
The SIP program is designed for offenders convicted of drug-related offenses. A drug-related offense is a crime that was motivated by the defendant's consumption of or addiction to alcohol and other drugs. SIP offenders are low-level, for the most part. The program pretty much excludes offenders convicted of any violent or sex offenses, including any lesser offenses that involved the use of a deadly weapon.
For offenders to become involved in SIP, both the prosecutor and the sentencing judge must recommend them for the program. Prior to sentencing, the judge must request that the PDOC conduct a thorough drug and alcohol and risk assessment of the offender. If the PDOC determines that the offender is suitable for the program and the Commonwealth's attorney does not object, the judge may impose a state intermediate punishment sentence. Under SIP, the offender will serve a flat sentence of 24 months, at least seven of which will be served in in-prison, (four of them in a therapeutic community), a minimum of two months in a community-based therapeutic community and a minimum of six months in outpatient treatment. The balance of the 24 months consists of supervised reintegration into the community, which involves DOC staff monitoring their progress in the community and some additional services or treatment, based upon their individual needs and progress.
All participants in the SIP program will have an individualized treatment plan. Progress through the program is based on the assessed need and attainment of goals established for each offender. A person who fails in the program, due to misconduct or poor progress in treatement, will be subject to resentencing by the court under traditional sentencing guidelines.


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My boyfriend was sentenced to 2 1/2- 5 yrs with time served which he served 11 months already in when sentenced, that was in July of this year. He just applied for pre-release and has been in SCI for 5 months. Is he eligible? How long does the pre-release process usually take? And how can I help with this process? Should I contact his counselor or the halfway houses in my area?
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Hi.

The specific time requirements are:
1. Served at least nine months in a state prison;
2. Served at least one-half of the minimum; and
3. Be within one year of the minimum date.

Based on what you have said, he does not yet meet any of these. He will be time-eligible once he has served eighteen months, which I calculate to be in 7 months, or in June/July. Now, he should start the application NEXT MONTH, or 18 months before his minimum (six months before he is actually eligible.0

You can view the entire DOC pre-release policy at:
http://www.cor.state.pa.us/standards...Pre-Rlease.pdf

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Bob, Is there anything you could tell me about P.C.R.A hearings. My fiance is up for one in december on a 5-10 sentence.
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okay so my man is at SCI Huntingdon on a 6 yr sentence, and he's at 5 yrs and 4 months now, so if he didn't do the pre-release form that just means he will spend the rest of his time at huntingdon, instead of the HWH?........

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Hi, and welcome.

You are correct. If he does nothing, he will see the parole board in about 2 or 3 months to consider release at his minimum. At this point, the process has already begun, so the prison probably would not consider an application for pre-release.

However, if the prison recommends him for parole, AND IF the Board denies him parole, he should have his counselor put him in for what we call "post-release," which is a halfway house like pre-release, where he would stay until he saw the Board again.

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My boyfriend was sentenced to 4-10 years for 2 separate deliveries of 1 ounce of cocaine each time. He entered Adams County Correctional Facility on Nov. 7, 2006 and was transferred to Camp Hill on Oct. 13, 2006. I am not sure exactly when, but as some point he was transferred to Somerset. He told me he was classified as a level 3. I want to make sure I am understanding everything correctly. I know he is not eligible for pre-release yet, but when exactly will he be? I want to help me out as much as I can. I have read the material on PA's DOC website, but somethings are a little over my head. What information can you give me, that I can give to him, to help with the process?
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The specific time requirements are:
1. Served at least nine months in a state prison;
2. Served at least one-half of the minimum; and
3. Be within one year of the minimum date.
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The time requirements listed above are correct. As applied to his case, he can be sent on pre-release when he has served three years (including any time credited prior to sentencing.) He can begin the application process six months earlier, 18 months before his minimum. He does this by seeing his counselor for the proper form.
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Hey, My hubby is going to Boot Camp, with this pre-relaease or whatever after boot camp, how is the home approval done, we are married for 3 yrs by the time he comes home, no domestic issues with us,have a daughter,his boss is re-hiring him, will they have to contact my apartment complex for approval? How does it work. how long is he in the halfway house, I mean I have months to go, but where I live allows no criminal record, so I dont wanna renew my lease if they contact this place. I just wondered if anyone kew what i am looking forward to so that i can be prepared,. Thanks so much
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another question, my hubby got 18-36 months, he was told he would be up for pre-release in sept of 2008, which is 18 months, they dont give you any time off for good behavior or anything in PA. he was charged with securities fruad and went in on March 26, 2007. Does anyone know what the earliest he could get out is if he doesnt go to boot camp for some reason. Thanks so much
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