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Why Take Chances?

In August 2020, California’s Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) scheduled 580 Parole Suitability Hearings. Among them were: 82 grants, 116 denials, 6 stipulations, 62 voluntary waivers, and 300 postponements.

Please know the terminology here: Grant – The prisoner was found suitable for parole and, therefore, was granted parole. Deny – The prisoner was not found suitable and, therefore, was denied parole.

Stipulation – The prisoner stipulated to being unsuitable and was denied parole without a parole hearing being held. A stipulation occurs when the board accepts a prisoner’s offer to stipulate to his or her unsuitability for parole for a specified period (15, 10, 7, 5, or 3 years). If the board accepts a prisoner’s offer to stipulate, it is considered a denial of parole for the stipulated period.

Voluntary Waiver – The prisoner waived his or her right to a hearing. A prisoner may waive his or her right to a parole hearing for any reason for a period of one to five years as long as the request is submitted at least 45 calendar days prior to the hearing.

Postponement – The hearing was postponed. The board may postpone a hearing on its own motion, at the request of a prisoner, or for exigent circumstances. Sometimes postponements are requested days or weeks before the scheduled hearing date, but postponements may also occur on the day of a hearing.

When a prisoner concedes to a Stipulation, Voluntary Waiver, or a Postponement, it’s indicative of s/he not being prepared for the hearing. In August, it totaled 368! And then there was the 116 who thought they were prepared but were denied parole!

What group is your loved one in? Why take chances? Get prepared for success! Posse Solutions ensures that your loved one is prepared for the hearing and for a grant of parole! It doesn’t matter what state you’re in. All Parole Boards have the same basic requirements. Learn more at

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