Helping Long Term Inmates Earn Freedom By Being Found Suitable For Parole Before The Board Of Parole Hearings (BPH)
Representing Long Term Offenders Before The Board Of Parole Hearings (BPH), Including:
Inmates sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole, once they have served a certain amount of time based on the sentence imposed by the court.
Inmates who were under the age of 26 at the time of their controlling offense and are not otherwise disqualified as a youth offender under Penal Code section 3051 (h).
Inmates who are both 50 years of age and have served 20 years of continuous incarceration are provided with a parole suitability hearing. This includes inmates with determinant sentences and life with the possibility of parole. Inmates who are serving a life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) or sentenced to death are not eligible for an elderly parole hearing.
Non-Violent Three Strikers
Inmates sentenced to life with the possibility of parole
for a non-violent offense under an alternative sentencing scheme, once they have served a certain amount of time based on their commitment offense.
Commonly referred to as Expanded Medical Parole (EMP). The Board will determine if an inmate should be placed in a licensed health care facility. In order to be eligible for an expanded medical parole hearing, the head physician of the institution where the inmate is housed must determine if the inmate suffers from a significant and permanent medical condition resulting in the inmate being permanently medically incapacitated. Additionally, the inmate must be unable to perform one or more activities of basic daily living such that the inmate qualifies for placement in a licensed health care facility in the community. Inmates serving LWOP or sentenced to death are not eligible for EMP. If an inmate shows significant improvements, he or she no longer qualifies for EMP and will returned to prison.
- Central File (C file)
- SOMS (CDCR’s Strategic Offender Management System)
- Master File
- Comprehensive Risk Assessment (CRA/psych eval.)
- 10-day file
- Inmate parole packet (parole plans, relapse prevention plan, remorse letter(s), support letters, insight statement, book reports, and other submissions.)
Appear at Hearing fully prepared and focused:
- Review CRA a second time, print, highlight and incorporate notes into closing statement.
- Prepare questions for inmate and review prior to the hearing.
- Incorporate notes from 10 day file into closing statement.
- Prepare typed outline of closing statement, including relevant and mitigating information.
Prepare for all interviews and hearings:
- First interview scheduled after receiving C file.
- Second interview scheduled after receiving CRA or prior to hearing.
- Counsel inmate 30 minutes prior to hearing.
Communicate with inmate and family:
- Review all correspondence, respond to inmate and family promptly.