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Parole Preparation

How to Apply:

Volunteers work in teams of two alongside one incarcerated applicant for approximately 8-12 months as they prepare for their parole interview. You'll conduct prison visits, work on parole interview preparation and compile a packet of written advocacy materials. Our volunteers often form strong bonds within their volunteer teams and with those incarcerated who they collaborate with.

Volunteers receive ongoing guidance, training, and support from our staff throughout the process.

Our next volunteer training is April 21, 2024 and the deadline to apply is April 9, 2024. If you are unable to join us for our spring training, the following training will be on October 6, 2024 and the deadline to apply is September 20, 2024.

What to Expect:

Background /Experience:

Parole preparation volunteers do not need to be attorneys or have any prior experience in this area.

If you're interested in volunteering with Parole Prep, please fill out our application below. We will notify you as soon as possible about your application's status.

Appeals Litigation

Each year, Parole Prep trains dozens of lawyers to represent incarcerated people in appeals of their parole denials. Volunteer pro bono attorneys work on cases for approximately 6 to 12 months. 

After an introductory training, participants will receive regular support and supervision from staff, and will join our vibrant statewide listserv of other practioners.

This program is critical to holding the Parole Board accountable, and to offering applicants every opportunity to obtain a fair and just parole interview.

Volunteer

Since our founding, we have trained and recruited over 800 volunteers. We welcome those interested in getting involved.

Two Ways to Volunteer:

Appeals Litigation

Serve as pro bono counsel for incarcerated applicants appealing their recent denials of parole. 

For Licensed Attorneys

Parole Preparation

Work with a small group supporting an incarcerated applicant as they prepare for their parole interview. 

For Anyone Interested

150+

Annual Volunteers

Support
Our Work

More than 50% of Parole Prep's budget comes directly from individual donations. 

 

Your contributions help support our parole preparation program, community engagement work and so much more. 

"From volunteer work to a core part of my life.

I've made dear friends, learned so much, slept in strange motels before prison visits, celebrated the greatest wins, and painfully and patiently mourned the toughest of losses.

 

I feel pretty confident this is how we're going to change the world."

Bennett Stein

Parole Prep Volunteer

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