If you are incarcerated in Arizona, then depending on your sentence, you could be eligible for parole at some point before your sentence is completed.
Types of Parole in Arizona
There are several different types of parole including emergency parole, commutation of sentence, absolute discharge, and regular parole. When it comes to regular parole, prisoners generally have to either complete their mandatory minimum sentence, one-half of their sentence, or two-thirds of their sentence to be eligible. However, parole eligibility in Arizona is a little trickier than that.
Can You Get Parole with a Murder Conviction?
In 1994, the state of Arizona took away the eligibility of parole from all individuals found guilty of murder. The issue that's recently come up is following that ruling, there were still individuals being sentenced for murder with the possibility of parole. The ACLU recently filed a petition on behalf of an inmate sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years dating from 1996. This is problematic since until recently, he thought he had a chance at parole coming up.
Recent studies have revealed that there are hundreds of inmates serving life sentences with the possibility of parole who won't actually have that possibility due to the 1994 ruling. Many of these inmates have lived for decades with the hope of a possible parole and a new chance at life. Finding out that they were never going to have that chance could have devastating consequences, leading inmates to believe that the years they've put into rehabilitation are a waste.
Garcia Law PLLC firmly believes that if a person was sentenced with the possibility of parole, the justice system should honor that commitment. If you have a family member or loved one currently facing the situation we've described, contact us at (602) 753-5593 for a free consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.