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Old 10-12-2018, 02:33 PM
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My boyfriend is currently sitting in county jail for a probation violation. He has his court hearing on November 27th. His po required him to join a class called Thinking for a change. He just started the class and it ends on December 5th. He got a letter saying that his po is recommending 9-23 months with possibility of early release after completion of the program. Does this mean he has to do the 9 months and then he gets out? Or he can get out early after completing the program? He is saying that he can get out after completing the program. A couple of the guys in there said the same thing. By December 5th Iíll already be 8 months pregnant and itíll be 3 and half months that he served. I really hope heís right and he can get out in time for the birth. Iím trying to stay positive and listen to him but with pregnancy hormones itís hard lol! I heard this program is a really good program and looks good for early release.
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My opinion is it will depend on what the judge actually sentences him to, which may or may not be what the PO recommends. Possibility means just that, where if is worded differently, like release after program completion, then it would be definite.

Have him ask his lawyer to recommend to the judge that he be sentenced so he will be released once he has completed the program.
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My opinion is it will depend on what the judge actually sentences him to, which may or may not be what the PO recommends. Possibility means just that, where if is worded differently, like release after program completion, then it would be definite.

Have him ask his lawyer to recommend to the judge that he be sentenced so he will be released once he has completed the program.
What if the judge agrees to the recommendation? And he conpletes the class with no write ups and gets a 100. What is the possibility of him getting out then?
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I'm with fbopnomore ... the PO can recommend whatever they want but it all comes down to the judge. Odds are he will be given a sentence by the judge and when it comes time to consider an early release the time in the program may play a role but it's unlikely that the judge will say "Finish the program and you will be released." Depending on the original crime and what he did to violate probation will likely play a larger role than anything.

The PO will do their recommendation and the prosecutor will probably have their own recommendation also. Of course your boyfriend's lawyer will have their recommendation too. More than likely, but again it depends on the crime and the violation, he will likely be sentenced somewhere between what the PO wants and the prosecutor wants.
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Violating probation is always a big risk because it means being re-sentenced on the original crime. That opens the door to anything up to and including the statutory maximum penalty with credit ONLY for time spent in jail. Ok, that's the worst-case scenario.

In most counties, the probation officer sets the tone and the prosecutor goes along. It's quite possible to get a sentence that anticipates the time to complete the program and make that the minimum (allowing for good-time credit.) The eventual application for parole would then be based on successful completion.

No judge guarantees parole in advance, and no judge can re-visit the sentence after thirty days, so the goal is to get a minimum that's just a bit longer than the time to complete the program including any good time credits. At that time, counsel submits the application for parole. If the program was successfully completed, then the judge should grant parole. If it wasn't completed, the judge can deny parole.
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