This is a question I hear from my clients, their families, and folks I come across in the area’s courts and jails. First off, what exactly is Judicial Release? Also referred to as “Shock Probation,” it’s a program offered through the courts as a means of granting an early release from prison in Ohio and being placed on probation. It’s not an automatic right, but it is something that can be applied for when serving a non-mandatory prison sentence. If someone is serving only a mandatory sentence, they cannot be considered for Judicial Release.
So, here’s the breakdown of when we can apply for Judicial Release during a non-mandatory prison sentence:
There is also a new type of judicial release for “state of emergency-qualifying offenders” during declared states of emergency. If you qualify, you can apply anytime during your non-mandatory prison sentence while the emergency is declared.
Of course, this is just a guide as to when one can apply for Judicial Release; the application process is something wholly unto itself that must be approached with great care and humility. It takes the right approach and the right attorney to guide you through this process to ensure that the motion is granted the first time around. Contact our office today to see how we can help you reunite with a loved one sooner rather than later.