Parole - The Parole Process


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 Agent for a specified term.  The release is conditioned upon the parolee's compliance with terms set by the Parole Board. 

Below is the public telephone number and address for the Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Board.  Please feel free to contact them with any concerns or problems related to prisoner parole issues.  Public correspondence regarding a possible parole remains in an offender's file and is read prior to a parole board hearing. If you want to write a letter of support for a prisoner, you should do so and send it to the prisoner directly.  That way the prisoner can bring it to the Parole Board interview.


Parole Board

Michigan Department of Corrections 

P.O. Box 30003

Lansing, MI  48909

Ph: (517) 373-0270

Fax: (517) 335-0039


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 A.M .  You should contact the facility records office to determine the exact date and time that he/she will be released to parole.  


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" 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.




A complete listing of all standard special conditions of parole may be found in Attachment A of Operating Procedure 06.04.130 G FOA.  You may request a copy of that Attachment by submitting your request in writing under the Freedom of Information Act to the following address:

FOIA Coordinator
Michigan Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 30003
Lansing, MI  48909

There will be a nominal charge for a copy of this document.




Michigan has indeterminate sentencing. This means that most offenders are sentenced to prison with a minimum and maximum term of years; For example, two years to five years. The Parole Board obtains jurisdiction on the case after the prisoner has served the minimum sentence, which occurs on Earliest Release Date. The Parole Board may parole the offender at that time if the board has a reasonable assurance the prisoner no longer poses a risk to the public. If the Parole Board does not parole the prisoner during their sentence, the prisoner will discharge from prison and the sentence upon serving the maximum sentence. This date is called the Maximum Discharge. Both dates are published on OTIS because both dates are very important to the prisoner's sentence. A prisoner may be paroled at any time between the minimum and maximum dates.


The Parole Board does not gain jurisdiction over the prisoner until they reach their earliest release date. A prisoner's earliest release date is calculated based on the Judgment of Sentence document submitted by the court.


Here is a link to the calendar of press releases for required public hearings for parole and/or commutation.,1607,7-119-1441_26969---,00.html




For information on commutation/pardon, or for a commutation/pardon application, you can visit the web links below:


Application for pardon or commutation (Specifically for Current Prisoners) 


This is a link for former prisoners and offenders who have a criminal history and are seeking a pardon associated with the crimes for which they were convicted.


Instructions for Pardon / Expungement (Former Offenders)


Application for Pardon / Expungement (Former Offenders)


For more information, please contact the Commutations Office at 517-373-4888.