A letter to a parole board should include information concerning an inmate's plans for the future, observations about her character and evidence that describes how she has reformed herself, states the Law Dictionary. A parole board letter that supports the release of an inmate contains statements designed to convince the board that she is not a danger to the public and is ready to reintegrate into society.
Inmates and their families and supporters most commonly write letters to the parole board urging release, and the content of a letter varies according to who's writing it, explains the Law Dictionary. Convicts write letters that express a genuine regret about their crimes, and offer a clear vision of how they plan to live after being released. Such letters are direct and concise, and contain specific information regarding constructive activities an inmate intends to engage in upon re-entering society. Letters from friends and families explain to the board how they are going to support an inmate after parole is granted and mention jobs and community organizations that are available to ensure the parolee's stability.
Letters to a parole board should be presented in an official format, beginning with a salutation that recognizes the board's standing, notes the Law Dictionary. Although letters are often written just before the date of a hearing, it may be more beneficial to write them continuously, to demonstrate ongoing support. Community members and local business people who add their support in a letter enhance an inmate's chances of parole.