What do you mean Edward will be notified of the parole decision in writing? What about his trial?
The idea of a big, fancy parole hearing where the inmate stands before a board of people and pleads his case is all very Hollywood. In the research I’ve done (and keep in mind I have no experience in this field. I’m only sharing what Google told me), the process of applying for parole is very straight forward.
Six months before an inmate’s eligible parole date, they may fill out an application for parole. They have to include why they feel they should be released and their plan for once they are out. Their prisoner files and application are sent to the parole board where they are reviewed by three individuals who decide whether to release them. Decisions are based on things such as their behavior while incarcerated and if they will be a risk to the public. The inmate is notified of their decision in writing. If they are approved, they will be released on their eligibility date. If the date has passed, they will be released as soon as possible. If they are denied parole, in most cases they have to wait a year before applying again.
I’m not saying the prisoner never appears before the board. It’s just not the general rule.
Disputes can be made, but it sounds like it’s not a very common occurrence. The parole board only allows a claim to be filed if they had erroneous facts or were missing pertinent information from the original filing. A prisoner can’t dispute the decision simply because they didn’t like it. Sometimes in these cases the inmate does appear before the parole board, but not always.
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