|Appeals & Post-Conviction Relief
SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLES OF PAROLE HEARINGS
Pre-SRA Parolability Hearing: In 2009, I represented a client who
had been in prison for 30 years, since age 16. We worked with expert
witnesses to prove the success of his changed mental health treatment.
We established a parole plan for him. We won his freedom.
Pre-SRA Parolability Hearing: In 2001, I represented a client on a
1983 murder conviction seeking parole. We presented a plan the Board
approved at his first parolability hearing.
ISRB-Rape of a Child: A client who did not speak English retained me
to represent him with the ISRB to determine if he could be released
after serving his minimum term for child molestation. The Board does not
permit counsel to participate in these hearings. I presented his case
in writing, arguing the Board's criteria required release unless it
could show more likely than not he would commit another sex offense. We
used DOC's risk assessments to show he was low risk. The client
maintained he was innocent of the crimes. I attended the ISRB hearing
but remained silent throughout. The Board released him at his first hearing.
Parole Revocation Hearing: A client on pre-SRA parole was
incarcerated for violating the parole conditions. I investigated the
allegations. We contested the accusations at an ISRB hearing. Although
the Board found the violations occurred, it reinstated parole and
released the client.
Review and Reduction of Sentences: The Legislature passed a bill
permitting lower sentences for victims of abuse who assault or kill
their abusers. It passed a special section permitting the parole board
to review the sentences of those already in prison for such offenses. I
represented several men who had killed their abusive fathers, helping
them obtain an earlier parole and release.