I am writing to urge you to uphold the Board of Parole Hearings’ (the “Board”) decision to release Elizabeth Dial on parole. This is the third time that Elizabeth has been found suitable for parole. I endorse your record of following the law in supporting the Board’s recommendations for parole. Penal Code §3041 governs the granting of parole. This statute establishes a presumption of parole...
I am writing to urge you to uphold the Board of Parole Hearings’ (the “Board”) decision to release Elizabeth Dial on parole. This is the third time that Elizabeth has been found suitable for parole. I endorse your record of following the law in supporting the Board’s recommendations for parole. Penal Code §3041 governs the granting of parole. This statute establishes a presumption of parole suitability within subsection (a) which states the Board “shall normally set a parole date . . . after the inmate’s minimum eligible parole date.” It is estimated that 1,000 or more cases on this matter have been filed in the State’s backlogged courts. The cost of this litigation to taxpayers is in the tens of millions of dollars annually. Furthermore, with the State of California in ongoing budget crisis and each prisoner costing taxpayers close to $41,000 per year, it only makes sense to release prisoners who do not pose a risk to public safety according to the Board’s thorough evaluation.
In addition, Elizabeth has strongly demonstrated that she is ready to re-enter society as a productive and responsible community member. She now holds a lead position with Prison Industry Optical where she has consistently maintained a job, has completed vocational classes and multiple professional certifications, and holds an Associate of Arts degree from Coastline Community College. In addition to these accomplishments, she has participated in and led multiple support groups, including Alternatives to Violence, Long Termers Organization, Freedom to Choose, Stress Management, and Creative Conflict Resolution, overcoming her past struggles as a domestic violence survivor and learning from her past actions to be a mentor to other prisoners. She currently facilitates Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-Step Spiritual Journey groups.
Elizabeth has solid parole plans and has been accepted into various re-entry programs, which will provide her with transitional housing and job training. Her family and friends are ready to assist her as well until she finds steady work. Since she accepts responsibility for her crime, expresses remorse for her actions, has maintained an outstanding disciplinary record for the past 11 years, and has grown as an individual, it is clear that she does not pose a danger to society and ought to be released. I firmly believe that Elizabeth is ready for release and, again, urge that you follow the Board of Parole Hearings recommendation, as you have been consistently and responsibly been doing.