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« on: August 24, 2012, 12:49:22 PM »

My LO has received 10 years with dfd. He has Mandatory Supervised Release for 2 years after his prison release. He is convicted of a Class 1 felony drug possession. There is no mention of Parole anywhere on the court information etc. Can he ever be able to be up for parole if he does a portion of his time or can he NOT get parole because he has received the minimum amount for the crime at hand?
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 01:13:57 PM »

The parole situation in Illinois is a bit complicated, so I understand why you are confused. Technically, except for certain inmates convicted back in the 70's or earlier, there is no parole in Illinois. Instead, they call it Mandatory Supervised Release. Same thing, just a different name.

If he is doing 10 years, with day for day credit, he will actually only do 5 years. Then, you can subtract any county time he earned (time spent in county jail awaiting trial/sentencing), if it was included in his Mittimus. If he is elegible, he can earn some more time off by taking and completing certain classes/programs. And the big maybe, which no one knows the answer to yet, is if he will qualify for the upcoming "sentence credit" program. That could earn him some extra time off.

When he is released, he will have 2 years of MSR (parole), though some parole officers cut inmates loose sooner than that.

I hope that answers your question.
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2012, 01:27:27 PM »

This does help some. We are in Maine so it is very hard to figure things out sometimes. He was in county time for about two weeks but then was out on bail. He pleaded guilty to one crime and had the other two crimes dismissed part of his plea agreement. He was sentenced the day he went to pre trial, I am assuming because he did a plea arrangement. He did not have a Mittimus. We are wondering now if we should appeal to have one or if his minimum granted for the crime doesnt allow it. Sorry went into another question.

He already has a Bachelor Degree so we are thinking he wont qualify for any time off for classes.


 So there is no way to file something asking for parole just look into as many credit he may get to help take time off his time? He did not have a
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2012, 01:37:25 PM »

He does have a Mittimus, even though he is from out of state. That is the official sentencing ruling, so everyone in prison has one.

But, no, there is no way to petition for an earlier release on parole/MSR. His educational background has nothing to do with his elegibilty to take classes/programs, though. Most of them are vocational type (like horticulture) or rehabilitation programs (like drug/alcohol abuse treatment).
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2012, 01:39:27 PM »

Everyone has a MITTIMUS, that is his sentencing papers and either he or you could get one through the County Clerks Office here in Illinois and he through the law library once he gets to his parent prison.

He will get credit for any county time after he was taken in after sentencing.  If he spent 7 days in county prior to being moved to IDOC, he will get credit for that time.

He will be able to take classes/programs once he gets to his parent prison and signs up for them.  There are long waiting lines sometimes, but I am sure there will be something he can take, his Bachelor's Degree doesn't matter.

He has to do 5 years, he could get some extra time off if he qualifies for classes/programs and also if he is eligible for the new *sentence credit* once it starts up, it's the NEW good time program and  if he qualifies for that, he could get an additional six months off (not guaranteed).

If he lived with you in Maine before his arrest here, he maybe able to apply for something called Interstate Compact to come back there and do his parole.  It all depends on if you would sponsor him and they (Maine) would allow it. There are restrictions he would have to meet for this.  You can look into our Interstate Compact board here on IPT for more information.

Check this board for Interstate Compact Info:

http://www.illinoisprisontalk.org/index.php?board=31.0
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2012, 01:48:43 PM »

Thank you so much for all your help. We are just trying to get as much information as possible at this time. I was thinking of a mitigation hearing instead of a mittimus.

Regarding classes that is good to know. We were thinking they only gave credit out for doing the GED program and since he had that already there were no more education credits he could get.

Just read about the sentence credit... heres hoping.

Thanks Janet
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