This means that if an inmate has exceeded the court’s mandatory minimum sentence or has served a quarter of their total sentence, they can ask the parole board for release. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The total discretionary hearings, prior to Senate Bill 91, were on average around 179 per year. With theimplementation of SB 91 the total amount of parole discretionary hearings more than tripled in 2017. SB 91 expanded discretionary parole eligibility to all persons who have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least 181 days, except for those convicted of unclassified sex offenses, those serving a mandatory 99-year term for murder in the first degree, those serving less than one year pursuant to a suspended imposition of sentence, or those who have been deemed ineligible by the court. The vast majority of those eligible for discretionary parole were sentenced on or after January 1, 2017. The board also considers the crime’s impact on the victim and the victim’s future safety. Victims and survivors are notified of all discretionary parole hearings. The victim may express feelings and concerns to the Board in writing or testify before the board in person. When the board is making their determination, they consider the seriousness of the offense, the offender’s criminal record, adjustment and treatment while incarcerated, and an offender’s future plans. To receive discretionary parole, an offender must complete one-third of his or her sentence and receive the approval of the Parole Board, a five member board that is part of the Department of Corrections. Last year, the Board of Parole released prisoners 57 percent of the time during these hearings, according to the DOC. 629 Discretionary parole hearings were held in 2017, of those 5% were from Wildwood Correctional Facility.