Protocol/Guidelines for Early Release Requests Due to Family Member Death

The Board will not consider inmate requests for early prison release to attend the funeral of a family member unless all of the following conditions are present:

  • The inmate is within 120 days of his/her parole or termination date.
  • The current incarceration is for a non-violent offense (or offenses).
  • The institution does not consider the inmate a disciplinary problem.
  • The funeral is for an immediate family member, which may include:
    • Parent
    • Step-parent
    • Spouse
    • Child
    • Sibling
    • Grandparent
    • Grandchild
  • The inmate, or someone on his/her behalf, provides proof of the family member’s death/funeral.
  • All phone calls/inquiries related to early release for funeral attendance shall be routed to the H.O.O.D. who shall review the circumstances and route the matter to the Board after determining that the above-referenced conditions are met. The H.O.O.D. has the discretion, in the “interests of justice,” to route matters that may be technically deficient.