Parole Board Attorney
Lifer Consideration Hearings
The California Parole Board decides if an inmate serving a life term is suitable for release to the community. The legal question before the Parole Board is to determine whether the release of the inmate would pose an unreasonable risk of harm to the public. With over 40,000 lifers, California has one-quarter of the country’s life-sentenced population. Of this number, approximately 26,000 inmates are serving a life sentence in California and are eligible for parole consideration.
How does a lifer make parole?
So how does a lifer make parole? Given that the lifer population mostly consists of murders and others convicted of the most violent and heinous crimes, only a select few are approved for release. Then the final decision is up to the Governor. It takes many years of preparation for the inmate to be able to prove that they are suitable for release.
In order to be deemed suitable, the inmate must show that they are in control of their life and are moving consistently in a positive direction. This is done by completing educational programs, vocational programs and participating in counseling and self-help programs. It is also essential to have detailed parole plans, a relapse prevention plan and a realistic financial plan.
Mr. Wicker personally makes prison visits and is ready to assist you at any prison in California.
Mr. Wicker has handled parole consideration cases for lifer inmates at: California Institute for Men (CIM – Chino), California Institute for Women (CIW – Chino), California Medical Facility (CMF – Vacaville), California Mens Colony (CMC – San Luis Obispo), Calipatria State Prison (CAL – Calipatria), Centinela State Prison (CEN – Imperial), Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP – Blythe), Ironwood State Prison (ISP – Blythe) and R. J. Donovan State Prison (RJD – San Diego).
Mr. Wicker works with families on the outside to put together a parole plan and build a case for favorable consideration by the Parole Board. Mr. Wicker has represented hundreds of inmates serving life prison terms in their bid for freedom before the Parole Board and has achieved success in winning grants of parole from the California Parole Board.