MILITARY CLEMENCY AND PAROLE BOARD
MAY I SEEK CLEMENCY OR PAROLE?
If you or a loved one have been convicted at a court martial, you may be able to seek clemency or parole. Right after trial, your trial attorney should have sought clemency from the convening authority who ordered your court martial.
However, you may also be able to apply for clemency or parole from your service Clemency and Parole Board. Eligibility depends upon certain criteria. For example, if you were sentenced to less than a year of confinement, you’ll not likely be eligible. If you were sentenced to at least one year but less than 10 years, you’ll likely be eligible for clemency after serving nine months of your sentence. To learn more about eligibility for clemency and parole, click here.
HOW DO I SEEK MILITARY CLEMENCY OR PAROLE?
To “petition” for clemency or parole, you need to submit a petition to the clemency and parole board for your service. You’re strongly encouraged to seek legal assistance in submitting your petition.
Normally, a board consists of five senior military officers who evaluate requests for clemency, parole, reduced penalties, supervised release, or restoration to duty. You’re not normally permitted to appear before a board but the parole boards for the Army and the Navy may allow your family or friends (or your attorney) to appear on your behalf. The boards make recommendations to the Service Secretary for your branch of the service, who all make the final decision.
Along with the packet you (or your attorney) submit, the board generally considers the following:
- Your crime and the circumstances surrounding it;
- Your life circumstances prior to entering service
- The social support you will have upon release;
- Your military service history;
- Your conduct in prison, such as whether you have pursued education;
- Rehabilitation (e.g., have you accepted responsibility for your crime and participated in rehabilitation programs while incarcerated);
- Any restitution you’ve paid;
- Relevant psychiatric information;
- Any recommendation from the judge who convicted you;
- Statement by the victim, if any.
If you are granted parole, you will be released subject to the approval of the U.S. Probation Officer in your home state. During parole, you will be required to comply with conditions of release and can be returned to prison if you violate these conditions.
SHOULD I HIRE AN EXPERIENCED MILITARY LAWYER FOR CLEMENCY AND PAROLE?
At King Military Law, we believe in ensuring our clients have all the information they need to make important legal decisions. To that end, we include below contact information and links to all of the services’ Clemency and Parole Boards. We encourage you to go to the relevant site and learn as much as you can. This information might enable some to file their own request for clemency without the expense of an attorney, BUT BE CAREFUL! It’s not an easy process. Therefore, we encourage clients to at least speak to an attorney experienced in this process. At King Military Law, we’re happy to offer a free consultation to help you make decisions. We hope this helps. Good luck! And please give us a call if you think we can help.
HOW DO I REACH THE MILITARY CLEMENCY AND PAROLE BOARD?
Here are the points of contact for the Boards of Clemency and Parole:
U.S. Air Force Clemency and Parole Board
1535 Command Drive EE
Wing 3rd Floor
Andrews AFB, MD 20762
Army Clemency and Parole Board
251 18th Street South, Suite 385
Arlington, VA 22202-3531
Phone: (703) 571-0532 or (703) 571-0538
Fax: (703) 601-0493
Navy, Marines and Coast Guard
Naval Clemency and Parole Board
720 Kennon St SE, Suite 309
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, DC 20374-5023
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 685-6338 or (202)-685-6452
Fax: (202) 685-6629
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