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Wisconsin's Criteria for a Parole Grant
(Wisconsin State Legislature 304)
Parole consideration is an entitlement, however, parole is not. Each case is measured on an individual basis and parole consideration is based on the following criteria:
Information contained in the institution case file, the actual interview and correspondence received for the release on discretionary parole, is also considered.
Please submit letters to Support Parole Eligible People to the WI Parole Commission as soon as possible. These letters are processed and placed in the incarcerated person's file prior to being reviewed by the parole commission.
*People Never Stop being People just because they are Incarcerated. We have taken every possible step to identify people locked up as "people incarcerated/human beings", but "WI Department of Corrections still considers these same people as Inmates."
What is a Letter of Support?
Letters of support are viewed as evidence that the offender will have a network of friends & family to help when he or she is released. They show:
Who Writes Support Letters?
You may write them, community leaders, public figures, citizens, members of the inmate’s immediate family, close friends and loved ones. Also, distant relatives, aunts, uncles, grandparents, in-laws, respected members of the community; such as businessmen, past and prospective employers (on company letterhead), ministers, respected churchmen, school teachers, students, counselors, etc.
The incarcerated person's supervisor or people who have known him for a while in prison, such as the Chaplin, counselor, teachers or volunteers from the community. If the incarcerated person cannot find anyone who knows him directly, they will accept letters from people who are close to the incarcerated person's wife, children or family and could vouch that this person has valid support, which could be of value during their re-adjustment to the community.
How Should a Support Letter Look?
(see support letter samples)
A letter of support should have a decent appearance. If possible, it should be typed on company letterhead if applicable. It should preferably be one page, that is if you can cover all you need to say.
How Many Support Letters Should There Be?
Letters should be sent as often or periodic as you like. When you send such letters regularly, not just when there’s an upcoming parole review, this validates your ongoing support for the incarcerated person's release. This shows consistency and “active” support. It is also a strong indication to the parole board that you will stick by the formerly incarcerated person after their release or that you have knowledge that the incarcerated person's family will actively provide ongoing support..
Support Letters Can Aid Parole!
People Incarcerated in the Wisconsin prison system are encouraged by the Parole Commission to provide evidence of support for their release on parole. The best way to do this is by sending letters pledging your support.
Support Letters for the Parole File
The sample letters and this outline is merely a suggestive guideline to aid with writing letters of support to the parole board. Incarcerated People should not be afraid to ask people to write letters of support on their behalf. Many people do care and sincerely want to help.
What Should the Support Letters Say?
There are several general areas of information to be included in these letters:
Where to Send Support Letters:
(See Parole Commission's Contact Information Below)
You should send your support letters directly to the Wisconsin Parole Commission, it will be placed in Baron's file.
Please include The Person's Name and Inmate Number that you are writing about.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions, need assistance with your support letters, if you have any questions about information or content for a support letter.
Wisconsin Parole Commission
3099 Washington Avenue
PO BOX 7960
What Does "Old Law" Mean? refers to people sentenced on a crime committed prior to January 1, 2000.
What Does TIS (Truth in Sentence) Mean? Sentences after the year 2000. It means that a person has been sentenced to serve a certain amount of time in an Institution and a certain amount of time on supervision. So a ten year sentence can look like 6 in, 4 out.
What Does Program Needs Mean? Judges, Dodge Correctional Institution and PRC/Review Committee determine which programs incarcerated people need. Program Needs are adjusted based on health issues, it determines classification, security and educational programs, needs and services for people.
What Does A Defer Mean? A defer in regards to parole is to put off. e.g. An eight month deferent/defer is to put off a return visit for re=evaluation for eight months (for the designated time deferment). If parole is not granted the incarcerated person is given a defer.
What Does A Parole Grant Mean? When the Parole Chairperson approves the recommendation from one of the Parole Commissioners for a conditional release.
What is The Parole Commission? The three remaining staff who review eligible parolees for consideration of a parole grant.
What is PRC(program review committee)/Review Committee? A three, or four person team consisting of the regional lead people, their assistant, someone from the security staff, and a citizen who review the files, program needs and movement of old law and TIS people.
What is Segregation? Slang term is the "Hole", in which a person is removed from the general population, and usually isolated in a confined area for 23 hours a day.
What is an Excessive Sentence? Any time a Judge sentences a day beyond a maximum sentence. Or, when a Judge gives someone a great amount of time out of the time a defendant was facing without a reasonable explaination as to why he/she felt the sentence was necessary.
What Does Mass Incarceration Mean? Incarceration/imprisonment in great numbers on a grand scale. To incarcerate people unnecessarily when a different recourse was possible or could be equally or more effective than incarceration.
What is the difference between prison and jail? Prison is when sentenced to serve time in a Facility/Institution. While a jail is the county/city jail.
What is Institutional Adjustment? Compliance with rules and regulations of the DOC/ Department of Corrections.
What does "Insufficient Time Served" Mean? That the Parole Commissioner doesn't believe the individual has served sufficient time for the offense/crime committed. The assessment is whether the public would be shocked when/if released a parole grant occurs at that time.
What does "Still Pose a Threat to Society" Mean? This is supposed to be supported by the crime committed, behavior since Incarceration (violent behavior since the crime that shows a pattern of violent behavior), that shows potential for future violence is likely.
What Does Probation Mean? A certain amount of time under supervision by the City Probation Office which monitors an individual's conduct in society.
What Does is a Ticket/Conduct Report (major or minor) Mean? A write up on any alleged rule violations. The Security Director determines if the conduct report is a major, minor or reprimand (warning).
What Does Good Time? Is three months off a year, as intended by the legislature. For every two days served is an earned day of good time. This applies to Old Law individuals.
What Does Canteen Mean? A monopoly of set ups in which foods items can be purchased in prison and jail.
What is a Maximum Prison Facility? The highest security level in Wisconsin. That prison is subject to many restrictions, and regulations.
What is a Medium Prison Facility? Lessor restricted than a Maximum.
What is a Minimum Prison Facility? Lessor restricted than a Medium, also referred to as a Camp. Except Oakhill Correctional, and all other fenced minimums.
What is a Center/Camp? Non fenced Facility that's referred to as a Camp.
What is a PRI (Pre-Release Investigation)? When someone goes out to investigate the hopeful home the prospected parolee wants to be released to. This home has to meet certain requirements to be approved prior to released.
What is a Pre-Approved Home/Halfway House? See the above concerning a pre-approved house. As for a Half way house. It is a State operated housing in which it is mandatory that everyone works, and pays rent
What is Work Release? Being let out of a Minimum/Halfway house to go to work, and return to the facility/halfway house afterwards.