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Parole / MSR

​What is Parole?

Parole is when a prisoner is released from confinement before the established Minimum Release Date (MRD).
Parole is 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 Mandatory Supervised Release. 

What is Mandatory Supervised Release (MSR)?

MSR is when a prisoner 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. 

What happens if the prisoner is granted parole or directed to MSR but the release plan is not approved by an assigned US Probation Officer (PO)?

The prisoner will not be released until a plan is approved by a PO and will stay in confinement until their full term date.

What authority does the NC&PB retain after a prisoner is released to supervision?

Once a member is released to supervision the NC&PB will continue to conduct annual clemency reviews until their full term date. Coast Guard members will only be reviewed for progress while on supervision.

How can I assist a prisoner with their request for parole?

You can assist them by 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 when the terms of Parole or MSR are violated?

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 release conditions, or requesting a warrant for return to confinement. The NC&PB President will weigh the severity of the violation(s) and make a recommendation to the board members for the action.

What happens right after a What happens right after a What happens right after a prisoner is released to supervision?

When an individual is released, they will be provided with means of transportation (bus/plane/train) to their supervision destination and will be instructed to report to the local U.S. Probation Office within 24-72.

All special conditions of the release are provided to the Federal Probation Officer. 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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