Parole - Learning More

Parole Board Decisions 

Normally, the prisoner first comes to the attention of the Parole Board as he/she nears the end of the minimum term imposed by the court.  The date of parole eligibility is often called the Earliest Release Date (ERD).  Approximately 8 months prior to the parole eligibility date, a Parole Eligibility Report is prepared and the prisoner will be scheduled for consideration by the Board.  The Board considers many factors to determine whether parole should be granted.  State law holds that "A prisoner shall not be given liberty on parole until the board has reasonable assurance, after consideration of all of the facts and circumstances, including the prisoner's mental and social attitude, that the prisoner will not become a menace to society or to the public safety."  Most prisoners are interviewed by one member of the Parole Board.  The scope of the interview includes the prisoner's criminal, social and substance abuse history, previous adjustment on parole or probation, conduct in prison, programming, parole plans, and other factors.  The prisoner may have a representative at the interview, although the representative cannot be another prisoner or an attorney. The parole decision is made by majority vote of a three member panel of the Board.  If granted a parole, the prisoner is allowed to return to the community under the supervision of a parole officer for a specified term.  The release is conditioned upon the parolee's compliance with terms set by the Parole Board. 

Parole Release Information 

If an offender is released, the parole case is assigned to a Parole Agent based upon the county that the parolee paroles to.  All counties have specialized case loads so that paroled sex offenders will go to an agent that is specifically trained to supervise sexual offenders.  Most other cases are assigned to equalize the case loads of the parole agents assigned to the county. 

Parole releases are usually processed early in the morning so the parolee may leave the facility at or shortly after 8:00 AM .  You should contact the facility records office to determine the exact date and time that he/she will be released to parole.  

Parole Violations 

Not every technical violation of the conditions of parole results in a return to prison.  There are alternative sanctions and programs that are appropriate to address certain technical violations.  The Department has an added emphasis on offender success in the community and we try to keep parolees out in the community when we believe they can continue to be safely managed there. 

Paroled in Custody 

"Paroled in custody" means that the offender remains on parole for his/her Michigan sentence, but paroled to  the custody of some other jurisdiction.  This could be a county jail, another state's prison, or federal prison.  

For more information, please contact the Parole Board at the below address with regard to this matter.  Thank you.  

Michigan Parole Board
Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 30003
Lansing , MI 48909
Ph: 517-373-0270
FAX: 517-335-0039