How to appeal for early release from jail

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How to appeal for early release from jail
You can use a lawyer to appeal for early release from jail. (jail image by MLProject from

Sometimes, extenuating circumstances make it necessary for jailed individuals to seek early release. Urgent personal matters comprise one category, such as the death or serious illness of a close family member, the birth of one's own child, a domestic crisis or serious personal medical issues. Other circumstances may entail parole for good behaviour or extenuating circumstances involved with your conviction. While these cases may be the exception, the proper appeal for early release will assist the judge in making a ruling in your favour.

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Things you need

  • Computer with word processor or
  • Paper
  • Pen

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  1. 1

    Organise your case. Outline the relevant points.

  2. 2

    Compose a rough draft, with the facts of the case and why you should be released.

  3. 3

    Rewrite a final draft. Seek input from friends or family who may remind you of points your have forgotten. Others can help with grammar, spelling and sentence structure, if needed.

  4. 4

    Talk to a lawyer and enlist legal advice, if needed. Lawyers specialising in early release from jail know the ins and outs of the court system and can assist you further with wording and with the proper format of your appeal.

  5. 5

    Submit your appeal to the judge and wait for his response. Stay hopeful. If he does not approve the appeal on the first try, he may give you reasons that you can address in a rebuttal. You may need to wait and try again.

Tips and warnings

  • The judge will be more likely to grant an early release if the original offence was non-violent, if you have a record of good behaviour while in custody, if your release date is near, if you have a place to live or if you have documented gainful employment awaiting you. Sometimes, the jail will order early release due to overcrowding issues. Early release can also be conditional, depending on your continued law-abiding behaviour after your release.
  • Research early release opinions and rulings prior to submitting the petition for early release. Early jail releases can be rare, so make sure you have valid reasons for requesting the early release.

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