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NY Parole Appeals

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A New York parole board is required by statute to consider a number of factors when deciding whether to grant or deny parole. Before a parole hearing, an inmate can work on several of the factors that can increase his or her chance for a favorable decision. A skilled and knowledgeable criminal lawyer in the parole process can give valuable advice and draft a well-written memorandum for the board that highlights favorable facts and argues for release.

Bruce R. Bryan is a skilled and knowledgeable attorney in the NY parole process


Criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan authored the Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review and Parole in New York, a ground-breaking book that explains, among other things, the parole process in New York. In his more than 20 years of experience as appellate attorney, he has assisted many defendants seeking post-conviction relief, including parole. He is an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at Cornell Law School, one of the nation’s leading legal institutions. He is committed to excellence and also represents defendants on NY criminal appeals, federal criminal appeals, and petitions for writs of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States.


Favorable Factors for Parole


In deciding whether to grant parole, the board should consider the following factors that can favor an inmate:

  • The inmate’s institutional record, including program accomplishments and academic achievements;
  • Vocational education, job training, work assignments and therapy;
  • Interpersonal relationships with staff and inmates;
  • An inmate’s parole or release plan, including ties to the community, projected employment, education or job training, and family or group support;
  • Letters of support from family, friends and potential employers;
  • The parole officer’s report to the parole board;
  • A Certificate of Earned Eligibility;
  • Performance, if any, in a temporary release program

Before the hearing, an inmate can work on these factors to improve his or her chance of parole. NY criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan can give advice on what to do and how to make a positive impression on the parole officer and at the parole hearing.

Memorandum that highlights favorable factors and argues for release


The board has limited time for each hearing. Prior to the hearing, the board reviews the inmate’s folder that contains facts relevant to a decision on granting or denying parole. An attorney is not permitted to be present at the parole hearing. However, criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan can draft for the inmate a memorandum with attached exhibits to be placed in the inmate’s folder that highlights favorable facts, summarizes letters of support and achievements, and argues for release based on applicable law. When the board reviews the folder, it should review the memorandum and become informed of the best reasons for release.

Appeal to the Appeals Unit of the Division of Parole

If the board denies parole and the inmate wishes to appeal the denial, criminal appeals lawyer Bryan can represent the inmate on an appeal to the Appeals Unit of the Division of Parole in Albany.  Among other things, the appeal can argue:

  • The parole hearing or decision violated proper procedure, was based on an error of law, or was inconsistent with a lawful purpose;
  • One or more of the members of the parole board relied on incorrect or irrelevant information in making the decision, as demonstrated in the record; or
  • The decision was excessive

Contact NY Criminal Appeals Lawyer Bruce R. Bryan


To retain NY criminal appeals lawyer Bruce R. Bryan to assist an inmate with a parole appeal, call his either of his offices at 315-280-8790 or 914-281-1850.

B. Bryan, "Defendant's Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review & Parole in New York," (2005)

Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review & Parole in New York | Bryan Criminal Appeals Lawyer NY

The object of appellate advocacy is to persuade. The winning advocate focuses the court on the strength of your case. Read More

Cornell Adjunct Professor of Law

Guide to Criminal Appeals, Review & Parole in New York | Bryan Criminal Appeals Lawyer NY

As an adjunct faculty, Professor Bryan teaches "Advanced Persuasive Writing and Appellate Advocacy" to second and third year law students at Cornell Law School. Read More