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TITLE: Parole Discharge

POLICY

The supervising officer shall file a request for the offender to be discharged from supervision when the delivery of services in no longer needed to protect the community and the offender has received maximum benefits from supervision, or upon expiration of the offender's term of supervision.

PROCEDURE

  1. Early discharge criteria.
    1. Supervising officers shall annually review each offender on their caseload to identify those offenders who are eligible for discharge. The results of such reviews shall be recorded in Generic Notes.
    2. The following criteria shall be utilized to determine when maximum benefits have been achieved and the offender is eligible for early discharge:
      1. When all financial obligations are paid in full.
      2. When determined by the supervising officer and supervisor that the delivery of service is no longer needed to protect the public and the offender has reached maximum benefits.
      3. Consideration for determining early discharge:
        1. Current offense.
        2. Level of supervision (risk to public).
        3. Treatment performance (offender's criminogenic needs met?).
        4. New arrests or convictions? (history).
        5. All court ordered and/or department imposed conditions have been satisfied.
        6. Supervising officer professional discretion (the supervising officer does not identify a need for continued supervision and/or monitoring).
        7. Input from the victim/victims of the offenses .
      4. The supervisor may approve exceptions to the above criteria, when documentation is provided in the case file by the supervising officer.
      5. If specialized circumstances exist, which includes but are not limited to death, deportation, incarceration or severe medical problems where the offender cannot benefit substantially from supervision.
    3. Exceptions to early discharge are offenders convicted of sexual abuse with a child ( Iowa Code section: 709.3, 709.4, and 709.8).
  2. Offenders who have reached their maximum discharge date/expiration date set by the DOC:
    1. Once the offender reaches his/her maximum discharge date he/she must be discharged by that date:
      1. Unless he/she is in absconder status, supervision is continued until apprehension.
      2. Unless he/she is in the revocation process, supervision is continued until the disposition is resolved.
  3. Submitting field discharge reports:
    1. Discharge request shall be submitted to the supervisor 30 days prior to discharge date.
    2. NCIC is run to verify the offender has not been arrested while under supervision.
    3. Complete parole order for discharge (form).
    4. Complete field discharge report in ICON (See ICON Business Rules):
      1. Write a brief summary of events that occurred while on supervision.
      2. Document all IBOP ordered and department imposed conditions that were satisfied or the unavailability of community resources that affected the outcome of the supervision.
      3. Document all financial obligations owed and paid.
      4. Supervising officer's impressions of the reasons for success or failure of the supervision.
      5. These reports may provide guidance for the conduct of future cases.
    5. The supervising officer/victim liaison will attempt victim notification.
    6. Forward to supervisor for review, approval, and signature.
    7. Forward to District Director/designee for approval and signature.
  4. When the supervising officer receives the signed discharge:
    1. The supervising officer shall provide the offender with a copy of the signed final discharge with a link to information regarding restoration of citizenship rights (to vote and hold public office).
      1. Restoration of citizenship rights (to vote and hold public office) does not include any right to own, carry, or possess firearms. Application may be made for restoration of firearms rights and a pardon by follwing the link: http://www.governor.iowa.gov/index.php/constituents services/clemency and restoration of rights
    2. he supervising officer shall give the offender the signed discharge order and field discharge report with the original signatures.
    3. The supervising officer will update all ICON data and close all of the interventions.
    4. A Generic Note will be completed to reflect that the offender has been discharged.
    5. The supervising officer will give the case file to the support staff to close and file.
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