This is a list of resources compiled throughout the course of The Parole Show. Some are samples of work from actual parole packets. It is intended as general information on how to prepare for the parole board. It is not legal advice and it is advised that it not be copied word for word. Each person’s story is different and the parole packets and representation at the parole hearing should reflect that.


List of Books for Book Reports

Parole Packets that are submitted to the parole board often contain book reports. This is a list of books and topics they cover. Book reports are also important to have in the Parole Packet when there aren’t any groups or programs available at your loved one’s institution.

Book Report #1
Book Report #2

Psychology Evaluation and Personality Disorders

The personality disorders listed here from Wikipedia and Life Support Alliance explain some of the disorders diagnosed in psychological evaluations. It’s important to understand them to know what you’re up against at the parole hearing. Also, included from the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition is an FAQ sheet and information about the Psychological Evaluation process.

Psych Evaluation
Psychopathy Definition Wiki
Psychopathy Concepts Wiki

Handbook for Immigrants Inside Prison

This handbook, written by Asian Prisoner Support Committee and Asian Americans Advancing Justice gives important information and insight into preparing for parole with a deportation hold. It also contains general information on release from ICE detention and all the legal challenges associated with an ICE detention hold.

ICE Guide

Families United to End LWOP (FUEL) Commutation Application Guide

This document is intended to support incarcerated people and advocates to prepare commutation applications to submit to the California Governor’s office. It contains information on all the steps necessary to submit a commutation application. 

FUEL Commutation Guide

Support Letter Samples

Here you will find samples of actual support letters that have been redacted. There are letters from friends, family, pastors and sponsors.You will also find Life Support Alliance’s Support Letter Tips.

Generic Support Letter
Faith Leader Support Letter
Family Support Letter #1
Family Support Letter #2
Friend Support Letter
Mother Support Letter
Brother Support Letter
Sister Support Letter
Sponsor Support Letter
Support Letter Tips

Cell Phone Essay

This is a sample of writing that addresses write-ups for cell phone use and how to talk about them at the parole board.

Cell Phone Essay

10 Lessons of Self-Care

This is an adaptation of Ava Schlesinger’s 10 lessons of self-care. In preparing for the parole board, or supporting a loved one who is incarcerated, it is important to take care of yourself. These lessons give great examples of how to do that.

10 Lessons for Self Care

Causative Factors

This covers thinking, emotions, behavior and core beliefs stemming from traumatic experiences. Understanding these traumas and causative factors help develop what the parole board calls “insight”.

Causative Factors

Life Story

This is the life story from an actual parole packet. Permission has been given to share the redacted version of it. It can be used as a guide as to what goes into writing a life story for the parole packet.

Life Story

List of Transitional Housing

This is Life Support Alliance’s list of transitional housing. Your loved one can write to request to be accepted into their programs and receive an acceptance letter that will go in the parole packet and will be a great addition to the Parole Plans section.

Transitional Housing

Relapse Prevention Plan and Parole plans

This is a sample of a relapse prevention plan and parole plans. The relapse portion covers triggers, coping skills and writings on how to stay vigilant against relapse. The Parole plans show you how to write out viable parole plans to present to the parole board.

Relapse Prevention Plan

Study Process

This study process was written by our Program Manager, Philip Melendez after he was found suitable for parole. To answer the flood of questions on how he was found suitable for parole, he wrote out a detailed outline of all the steps he took to prepare for the parole hearing.

Study Process

Table of Contents

This is a table of contents from a parole packet. It can be used as a checklist of what needs to be in the parole packet. It is by no means the complete list of what should be included, however, it gives a great example of where to start.

Table of Contents

What Makes an Apology Work

This is an adapted version of what makes an apology work by Dr. Aaron Lazare. It is useful in writing apology letters to victims, survivors, and anyone impacted by harm.

What Makes An Apology Work

People Who Were Sentenced as Youth Parole Guide

This guide was written by Elizabeth Calvin at Human Rights Watch and gives insight into the parole process for people sentenced as youth as defined by SB 260, SB 261, and AB 1308.

Guide for Youth Parole Hearing