[kc_heading_three size=”47″ color=”#D10000″]Virginia Parole Board: Powers & ‘Legal Responsibility[/kc_heading_three]
The Virginia Parole Board has had power since the 1940’s to make decisions directly effecting the accused person’s freedom liberties. While it is a good idea to read Virginia Code 53.1-136 in full, here are three very important determinations routinely made by the Board, and a “legal responsibility” to be aware of if you are an elder or a loved on of an incarcerated elder:
3 Virginia Parole Board “Powers”
- The Virginia Parole Board may release (conditionally) an inmate if he/she is eligible for parole.
- The Virginia Parole Board may revoke parole AND post release supervision if the individual is discovered to be in violation of the terms of release.
- The Virginia Parole Board has the ability “to investigate and prepare reports…”
Geriatric Legal Responsibility: Virginia Parole Board
The Virginia Parole Board has a
“legal responsibility to act on geriatric requests for conditional release.”
Virginia Code Section 53.1-40.1 imposes this obligation.
Can the Virginia Parole Board Contact an Alleged Victim?
The Virginia Parole Board has the ability and right to make contact with an alleged victim, and it may look into matters before it makes a final determination to release a confined individual. In fact, the Parole Board must “endeavor diligently” to communicate with the alleged victim prior to determining whether or not an inmate should be released on “discretionary parole.”
“I am out on parole, but do not understand my rights.”
For individuals on parole, it may be important to gain a better understanding of rights. At the same time, a person in such a situation may wish to offer a defense to charges against him/her by the Commonwealth. A trusted, local Northern Virginia Criminal Law attorney may be able to help, and to find out, there is nothing to pay. To speak with Fairfax-based lawyer Brenton D. Vincenzes, simply visit the Vincenzes Law PLLC contact page. For more on investigations prior to release, please see Virginia Code Section 53.1-155.
It may be wise to seek the advice of an attorney near you: local to Northern Virginia, in Fairfax County, and serving Loudoun County, Prince William County, and possibly other surrounding areas. An attorney can help to guide you through what may be a nerve-racking period in general, as well as potentially stressful court proceedings.
For information on probation, parole eligibility, and Community Corrections, the Virginia Department of Corrections State Website is located here.
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