A sentence of confinement is not always final. A service member in confinement due to a court-martial conviction can request special clemency or parole from the appropriate military authority. If granted, the service member can be released early before serving the total amount of confinement adjudged at court-martial.
MJA has successfully petitioned for clemency or parole on behalf of service members convicted of some of the most serious offenses under the UCMJ. If you have a loved one serving a substantial sentence of confinement due to a court-martial conviction, don’t delay in seeking legal advice. Contact our military defense lawyers now to learn more.
ABOUT CLEMENCY AND PAROLE BOARDS
The military’s clemency and parole boards have the authority to reduce sentences of confinement awarded to service members at court-martial or grant parole. Clemency means suspending the unserved part of a court-martial sentence, to including upgrading a discharge or restoring someone to active duty. Parole is an early release from confinement under the supervision of a parole officer. There are three clemency and parole boards for the military:
The boards are composed of five member panels who review case specific requests for clemency and parole based on objective criteria.
ELIGIBILITY FOR CLEMENCY AND PAROLE
DoDI 1325.07, Administration of Military Correctional Facilities and Clemency and Parole Authority, prescribes the procedures to carry out operation of the military’s correctional programs and the administration of military clemency and parole programs.
The instruction states that a prisoner is eligible for release on parole when requested by the prisoner, and when:
FACTORS CONSIDERED BY THE CLEMENCY AND PAROLE BOARDS
DoDI 1325.07 requires Military Clemency and Parole Boards to evaluate the following factors when considering an individual for clemency or parole :
While these are general factors, the Clemency and Parole Boards are required to make case-specific determinations based on a convicted service members inmate’s personal facts and circumstances.
CLEMENCY OR PAROLE IS POSSIBLE
MJA has successfully petitioned for clemency or parole for service members convicted of some of the most serious offenses under the UCMJ. In one case, MJA represented a dishonorably discharged United States Marine before the Naval Clemency and Parole Board (NC&PB). The Marine had been convicted of violating Articles 92, 114, and 119, UCMJ, and was serving a sentence of 69 months confinement. Despite having an exemplary confinement record, the Marine had petitioned for and was denied parole. The Marine retained MJA to fight for his release. MJA prepared and submitted to the NC&PB an extensive petition showing that the Marine met the criteria for parole and had received a disparately severe sentence under the Department of Defense’s instructions and relevant case law. MJA also appeared telephonically at the board hearing to advocate on behalf of the Marine. After reviewing all the evidence, the NC&PB agreed and approved the Marine’s request for parole!
PETITION FOR YOUR FREEDOM TODAY
A sentence of confinement does not have to be final. MJA has successfully petitioned for clemency or parole on behalf of service members convicted of some of the most serious offenses under the UCMJ. If you have a loved one serving a sentence of confinement due to a court-martial conviction, don’t delay in seeking legal advice. Contact our military defense lawyers now to learn more.