Compassionate Release & Parole

Students will help prepare a petition for compassionate release and a medical parole plan for state prisoners suffering from terminal illnesses or irreversible physical or cognitive incapacitation, and will do so with the assistance of a social worker or social work student. Together, they will assess the client’s criminal history, institutional record, physical and mental health, and risk of re-offending. Then they will advocate with the Massachusetts Department of Correction for release and, if not successful, possibly in the Superior Court on appeal.