Liz Starling (epstarling) wrote in little_details,
Liz Starling
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Transferring parole county to county

I've research parole quite extensively through the internet and reading police procedurals. But there are a few technical details I haven't been able to answer.

My WIP takes place in Colorado (USA) and around the year 2007 (so essentially current).

In my WIP, my main character wants to take a job in another county than the one she is serving parole in (about three hours' drive away). She has been there for visits and knows some of the people. She has been offered a place to stay and has had a tentative offer of employment, which could be formalized if needed. She has recently been placed on a fairly low level of supervision. She and her PO get along well and I don't think he'd have any issues with working on getting a transfer for her. So here are the details I'm looking for:

1) From my research, it seems like a fairly simple process to transfer parole within the state. Is this true? What exactly would the PO need to do to begin this process? What about transferring some of her other conditions, like attending AA meetings and the like?
2) How long would it realistically take from the moment she talks to her PO about her desire to transfer until she'd legally be able to move? I'd like it to be as short as possible (days?), but I have a feeling that's not likely. Which brings me to my next question:
3) If the PO says that it's more a formality than anything that she'd get the transfer, could she get away with leaving before it's official? Especially if she still shows up for any meetings she's required to go to?

The reason I need it to be fairly quick is that it's more or less a rash decision on her part, and I want her to act quickly once she's made up her mind, but not to the point she ends up violating her parole and has a parole hearing (or gets arrested or anything like that). Basically, I'd like for her to tell her PO she wants to leave, let him say, "Yeah, no problem. We can do that." And she leaves within a week or two (at the most) whether it's official or not. But I don't want her to get in trouble for doing so. Is this plausible?

Thanks in advance!


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