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RELEASE OF THOSE INCARCERATED:
- Regardless of the length of sentence, individuals shall be released if they become permanently physically incapacitated and are no longer a risk to the community.
- There shall be a presumption of parole at the earliest release date. Release decisions shall be based upon validated, dynamic risk assessments and performance (including therapy) while incarcerated. The nature of the offense of conviction and criminal history shall not be a factor other than the impact they may have on the outcome of a risk assessment.
- Lack of programming staff shall not be used as rationale to delay release. Based upon validated risk assessment results, persons who have not completed programming through no fault of their own shall be released to the community where they shall receive community treatment and monitoring to ensure their successful re-entry.
- Everyone past his or her minimum release date shall have an opportunity for release annually.
- No one shall be denied release because of a pending appeal or for lack of a home placement. If the individual is not able to live with family members, adequate housing shall be provided outside of the prison system.
- No fee shall be charged by the state for probation or parole services. This is the responsibility of the state government.
- Licensing restrictions shall be imposed only if there is a strong correlation between the crime(s) committed and the activity being licensed.
- Anyone released from a prison shall have access to a re-entry program for assistance with housing, transportation, job searching, health care, and other needs.
- Incarceration shall not be extended through mechanisms such as civil commitment, lifetime parole, or home confinement. No individual shall be subject to residency restrictions.
- Community supervision, in the form of probation, parole, or registration shall be imposed only if a dynamic risk assessment indicates it is warranted. Persons shall be listed on police registries only if they screen high risk on a dynamic risk instrument. There shall be no public registry.
- Social security, veteran’s benefits, pension payments, etc. shall be available to the person leaving the prison system.
- All persons leaving prison shall have their birth certificate, social security card, and state ID card.
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