On July 14th of this past summer, the ride took off when my correctional caseworker called me into his office and told me that I had a parole consideration hearing scheduled for December 13th of this year. My mind reeled with the good news and the fact that I had a little less than four months (120 days) to get completely ready for a hearing that could change the rest of my life.
The ride sped up as I made haste to write essays on accountability, line up support letters, and type up parole plans. It was exciting. My family was happy.
On August 16th I was given a Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation to determine whether I would be classified as a low, moderate, or high risk for parole. I thought the psych evaluation was the final piece needed before my upcoming parole hearing, so after it was over and the psychologist said I did well, I took a big sigh of relief.
Then the rollercoaster took a sharp and unexpected turn. Seemingly out of the blue, on August 23rd my attorney notified me that my parole consideration date had been snatched; he was told that it would be rescheduled for April or May of 2018. I was shocked by that news. My exciting rollercoaster ride ended in a cold splash. I'm still shocked.
Since receiving that news, I pulled out my copy of SB261, the Youth Offender Parole Law, to see if it could give me any clarity. I think it says it gave me a right to a Yough Offender Parole Hearing by January 1st of 2018. Maybe the person who had my parole consideration date snatched has a different understanding.
With that said, all I can do is ask politely for clarification and patiently wait, while taking care to reassure my family that I'm okay. Together we're praying.
While we're waiting for the Board of Parole Hearings to schedule a new parole consideration hearing, I still go to work and try to help people every day. On my spare time I still work on Sudoku. I get out to the prison library and I read books. The latest one I started is The Biology of Belief, by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.
Please note that I have updated my updated mailing address in the "Join the Team" page of my website: I'm no longer at Solano State Prison, I was transferred to Wasco where my skills and training are most needed right now. I'd still love to hear from you. Leave a comment for me and my webmaster will print and mail it to me. You'll hear back from me soon(ish).