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Parole / MSR

​What is Parole?

Parole is when an individual is released from confinement before the established Minimum Release Date (MRD).
Parole is usually requested by the prisoner but may be also directed by the Board without a request if the Board deems it necessary. In addition to parole the Board may direct the prisoner to MSR. Parole will continue until the individual reaches their end of sentence.

What is Mandatory Supervised Release (MSR)?

MSR is when an individual is released from confinement at the established Minimum Release Date (MRD). MSR can’t be requested by the prisoner and is always directed by the Board. MSR continues until the individual reaches their end of sentence.

What happens if the prisoner is granted parole but the release plan is not approved by a Probation Officer (PO)?

The prisoner will not be released until a plan is approved by a PO.

What happens if the prisoner is directed to MSR but the release plan is not approved by a Probation Officer (PO)?

The prisoner will not be released until a plan is approved by a PO and will stay in confinement until their end of sentence or a plan is submitted that is approved.

What happens once released to supervision from the DoD or FBOP facility?

Once a member is released to supervision the NC&PB will continue to retaining control over clemency matters until their end of sentence. However for Coast Guard cases the NC&PB will only conduct an administrative progress report review.

What can I do to help an individual get paroled?

You can assist them in obtaining approved community residence, treatment programs if required, and employment opportunities. You can also provide character reference/support letters, all of which will be considered at the board hearing.

What happens if an individual violates Parole or MSR?

The United States Probation Officer (USPO) will notify the NC&PB of violations that have occurred and submit a request for action or sanctions; such as issuing a Letter of Warning, modification of parole conditions, or requesting a warrant for return to confinement. The NC&PB President will weigh the severity of the violation(s) and make a recommend to the board members for the action(s) that should be taken.

What happens right after an individual is released to supervision?

When an individual is released, he/she will be given transportation (bus/plane/train) to a preapproved supervision destination and will be instructed to report to the local U.S. Federal Probation Office within 72 hours of arrival to their destination.

All special conditions of the release are noted to the Federal Probation Office and they will assign the individual to a USPO, who will spell out all details of supervision. The individual is expected to cooperate fully with all directives. Any problems or violations will be reported directly to the NC&PB for action.

What things can a prisoner/supervisee do to be in the most favorable position for their review before the Board?

While there is no magic or precise formula that will guarantee favorable action, certain actions will help an individual be in the best position possible for their board hearing. Some of the actions that the Board considers important include:

    • Maintaining good conduct in confinement, on parole, or mandatory supervised release
    • Active participation and completion of all recommended and available correctional treatment
    • Evidence of sincere remorse and rehabilitation
    • Good written and verified parole plan to include documentation
    • Strong family support
    • Service of sufficient time on the sentence to confinement for punishment.

What actions would adversely impact an individual's chance to get a positiveoutcome at the hearing?

A variety of issues could adversely impact a prisoner's chance of getting early release, i.e. poor behavior (conduct) in confinement, lack of participation in rehabilitation programs, poor work performance, incomplete parole plan, etc.


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