Parole Hearings

Lisa Newman-Polk represents prisoners serving life sentences at hearings before the Massachusetts Parole Board, advocating for their release back into the community.  As a former mental health clinician in the Department of Correction, Lisa has a great appreciation for her clients' life stories, and understands the unique challenges prisoners face during incarceration and in the transition back into the community.  In representing her clients, Lisa writes a memorandum to the Parole Board in which she contextualizes her clients' criminal conduct and progress towards rehabilitation.  In helping her clients prepare to see the Board, she reviews institutional records, court records, and most importantly, engages in hours of conversations with her clients, as well as their families and friends.