Pagel bill for parole hearings gets governors ceremonial signing

first_img26Jan Pagel bill for parole hearings gets governor’s ceremonial signing Categories: Pagel News,Pagel Photos State Representative Dave Pagel, from Berrien Springs, joined Governor Rick Snyder this week for a ceremonial bill signing of his parole reform legislation.  This bill corrected an injustice in the parole system for certain prisoners serving long-term sentences.  Some of these prisoners were being unfairly denied access to the possibility of having their cases heard by the parole board, and Pagel’s legislation corrected this situation.  “This bill is a common-sense improvement that allows all prisoners an equal chance at the possibility of parole hearings,” Representative Pagel said after the bill signing. “It allows our professionals on the parole board to carry out their responsibilities properly.  All prisoners should be treated fairly.”  While no prisoners will be granted parole based on this legislation, some that were being denied the possibility of parole hearings will now be able to have their cases considered by the parole board.  Many have written to Representative Pagel expressing their appreciation for now having greater hope for the eventual possibility of receiving parole.#####last_img read more