When an inmate is sentenced to serve time, an
Release Supervision (ERS) date, a tentative release date and a maximum
release date are configured. The earned release supervision date is based on an
inmate serving a percentage of their sentence, which correlates with applicable
laws. For example, an inmate may be required to serve 85% of a sentence in a
facility and is eligible to serve the remaining 15% on ERS, if the crime was
committed on or after July 1, 1995.
There are many factors that are considered in
calculating an inmate’s ERS date. An ERS date does not automatically mean that
an inmate will be released on that date. For instance, an inmate’s
behavior while incarcerated is a key issue that is reviewed by the
When an inmate is near his ERS date, he receives a
letter from MDOC. Once the inmate receives this letter, then it is the
responsibility of the inmate to provide a residence address where he plans
to live while on ERS. Once the address is received by MDOC, the address is then
given to the correctional field officer
that will be handling the inmate’s case. The probation and parole
officer inspects the residence, meets with any family members that the inmate
will be living with, etc., and ultimately determines
if the residence is acceptable for the inmate to
live while on ERS.
Some factors that disqualify inmates for ERS include, but not limited to:
Inmates sentenced to life imprisonment
Inmates convicted as a habitual offender
Inmates who forfeit their earned time allowance by order of the
Inmates who have not served the mandatory time required for parole
eligibility for a conviction of robbery or attempted robbery, or carjacking or
attempted carjacking with a deadly weapon or drive by shooting
Inmates convicted of a sex crime
Inmates who have escaped or attempted escape from an adult prison
Any inmate under ERS retains inmate status and remains under the jurisdiction of
MDOC. An ERS inmate is not allowed to leave the state of Mississippi at any
time during his or her ERS. If an inmate violates any conditions of ERS, the
inmate has to serve the remainder of the sentence in a facility. Any time
served on ERS is not applied to the sentence or used to reduce a sentence.
If an inmate violates any conditions of ERS, the inmate is arrested and returned
to MDOC and provided a classification hearing. All inmates arrested and
returned from ERS are granted a hearing by a classification committee officer.
If the inmate is found not guilty of the pending charges, the inmate may be
returned to the original status on ERS.
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