Today was, well, pretty unusual for me. I had six parole hearings in one very long, very interesting day. I cannot remember a day when I had more than three hearings. The good news is that I’m pretty sure a good number of the clients made parole. Yet, I am saddened that the guy who was probably the most deserving of the six will likely not make it this year.
Why? It’s simple…I’m 90% sure that there was a protest on file from the victim’s family. It’s not really important why I know there was a protest, suffice it to say that the Board is not allowed to divulge whether there is a protest. Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure I’m right. The sad thing is that, in my opinion, a parole protest pretty much guarantees that the Offender gets denied parole.
When a protest is filed, my experience is that the Board takes the path of least resistance most, if not all of the time. That path is called “Parole Denied”.
This is a scenario that needs to be reformed. I’m going to figure out a way someday to get the Board to release the data so that I can prove that a protest equals parole denied. I’m really not sure who’ll listen to me when I can prove I am right, but it’s an injustice that really needs to stop.