Parole Release Decision

CASE STUDY PAPER: PAROLE RELEASE DECISION EXERCISE ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONSOVERVIEWThrough this assignment you will explore issues related to the reentry of a particular case. These issues will include eligibility for parole and the Parole Board Hearing considerations. You will also consider the needs of the offender upon release and examine the preparations needed for re-entry. Various systems are used to make release decisions about incarcerated offenders. In states in which sentences are indeterminate, a paroling authority often must make a decision to release an offender and decide when that release should occur. Sentencing laws might determine when an offender is eligible for release, but he or she is not granted a release until a parole authority approves. In the cases you will choose from below, a paroling authority must determine whether to release an offender to a community. Factors considered often involve probability of recidivism, victim impact, community impact, conduct of offender in an institution, and release plan offered. INSTRUCTIONSChoose Case Study 3.A, 3.B, or 3.C. Consider the case you choose and make recommendations as to whether the offender’s release should be granted. Submit your case study in a Microsoft Word document and follow these instructions:1. Organize the case study using current APA formatting. Begin with a title page. Be sure to include appropriate headings, paragraph structure, and logically connected sentences.2. Follow with an introduction. Identify the case you selected, and summarize the key facts of the case.3. Apply what you have learned from the textbook reading, to this case study. Determine whether the offender’s release has merit. 4. Include a reference page, and support your assertions with evidence from at least 3–5 references. Be sure to cite the references in-text, using current APA formatting. The body of your paper must be 5–7 pages.5. Discuss a biblical worldview as it relates to the case study, and integrate biblical references to support your discussion.6. Conclude the case study with a substantive summary of key points.Case 3.AJoseph, age 28, is serving up to 20 years for 2 counts of armed robbery. He has already served the mandatory minimum of 5 years and is being considered for release for the first time. Joseph served a previous sentence for burglary and successfully completed a release period before he committed the current crimes. The victims in both robberies were elderly gas station attendants, and very small amounts of money were obtained from the robberies. The victims remain fearful of the offender, and both indicate that their lives were significantly affected by the experience.
CJUS 322Page 2 of 2Neither victim ever returned to work out of fear of similar events. While incarcerated, Joseph has completed substance abuse treatment for his cocaine dependence, meeting treatment summary calls for his attendance in facility Cocaine Anonymous meetings. He attends such meetings about half of the time they are offered. He has also completed an anger management program, has been assigned to several inmate jobs, and has had no rule violations while incarcerated. Joseph would like to be transitioned to a work release facility, but due to a waiting list he was not able to enter its program prior to being considered for release. His community plan is to return to the same community where he committed the crimes, live with his elderly aunt, seek work as a constructions laborer, and attend community substance abuse aftercare. He would be under the supervision of a parole officer upon his release, if granted.Case 3.BFred is a 39-year-old individual serving 14 years for possession with intent to sell a controlled substance. This is his second prison term, having served a six-year sentence for sale of heroin in the 1990s. He was paroled on the first offense after 4 years and successfully completed parole supervision. However, he was arrested on the current charge within 2 months of being released from parole supervision. Law enforcement officials reported that he had been under surveillance for several months before the arrest and was suspected of dealing drugs during most of the period under parole supervision. While under supervision, he reported regularly to this parole officer and worked steadily as a job in a warehouse owned by his brother-in-law. There were no known law violations during the period of supervision. Fred’s institutional adjustment has been excellent. He attended drug counseling and is a member of the prison Narcotics Anonymous group. He attained his GED certificate and reports that he wants to attend community college when released. He will work for his brother-in-law again when released and live with his sister and her husband until he can afford to rent an apartment. The sheriff in the county in which he would live has protested his parole release, stating that Fred is a manipulative and devious individual who maintains a façade of cooperation and honest living while continuing to sell drugs. Fred has served 5 years of his current 14-year sentence. Institutional counselors recommend his release at this time.Case 3.C.Marie is a 55-year-old female who has served 30 years of a 20 years-to-life sentence for murder. She was convicted of killing her 2 young children (ages 2 and 4 years). She reported that her live-in boyfriend would not agree to stay with her as long as she had children. She chose to kill the children to maintain that relationship. She has maintained a near-perfect prison record and is considered by authorities a model inmate. She reports great remorse for her actions. The prison chaplain has counseled her for many years and states that she has been “born again” and “forgiven” for her crimes and sins. Marie works as a chaplain’s assistant in the institution and is well thought of by both prisoners and prison officials alike. If paroled, she will work for Prison Ministries in her hometown and will be provided with a place to stay by her employers.Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.


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