Second Degree Murder In Rhode Island: Parole Granted

Parole Hearing

Client is arrested and convicted of Second-Degree Murder. Client is sentenced to serve 50 years at the Adult Correctional Institution. After serving 21 years in prison and being denied parole multiple times, client hires Attorney Noah Kilroy to represent him.

The parole board consists of seven members from the community. During a parole hearing the parole board considers a multitude of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Past history of violent or assaultive convictions;
  • The Parole/Probation status at admission;
  • Prior felony convictions;
  • The commitment offense;
  • Offender’s current age;
  • Education, substance abuse, and vocational training programs completed during the present incarceration;
  • Prison disciplinary conduct severity in the prior 24 months; and
  • Current scored custody level.

These factors are a part of a risk-assesment tool that the parole board uses when considering to release an inmate on parole. However, none of the factors that the parole board considers as part its Parole Guidelines are dispositive, and the parole board retains the right, and broad discretion to vote outside of the guidelines.

Additionally, the parole board may also consider what is called- victim impact. In cases where there is an identifiable victim, the Parole Guidelines provide that:

Victims (or immediate family members of minor or deceased victims) who request a meeting with the Parole Board may meet with the Board privately. The Parole Board will not inform inmates that victims met with the Board, and no information from such meetings will be shared with inmates, without consent from victims. It has been the experience of Attorney Kilroy that victim impact, and justifiably so, is heavily considered when the parole board considers parole.

After a hearing before the Rhode Island Parole Board, Attorney Noah Kilroy was able to get client parole granted to a residential drug-treatment facility. If your loved one is currently incarcerated and you would like to position him or her for an early release, call or text us today for a free consultation at 401-855-9023.