By: Sue Young and Shannon Smith
Jodi DeAngelo (right) is a full-time member of the Michigan Department of Corrections Parole and Commutation Board and was invited to speak in Criminal Justice classes about careers in probation and parole. Introducing Ms. DeAngelo is NMU alum, James Alexander (left), Acting Warden of the Marquette Branch Prison.
Jodi DeAngelo has been with the Michigan Department of Corrections since 1993, gaining diverse experience as a Corrections Officer, Sergeant, Assistant Resident Unit Supervisor, Warden's Assistant, and, most recently, as an Assistant Deputy Warden. In April 2009, she received the honor of being appointed to the Parole and Communications Board by the governor.
In past responsibilities, Ms. DeAngelo has managed institutional operations, served as media spokesperson and leadership instructor, assisted the Attorney General's office, and established the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI) model in an urban prison. She earned a B.A. in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University. Concerning her more current role as a Parole Board Member, Ms. DeAngelo described her role in Public Hearings and Parole Violator Hearings to the class and gave an in-depth explanation of the role of the Parole Board and what encompasses a Parole Board hearing, including the factors considered in granting and denying parole.
As discussed in Ms. DeAngelo’s lecture, commutation of sentence involves the reduction of legal penalties, especially in terms of imprisonment. Unlike a pardon, a commutation does not nullify the conviction and is often conditional. Clemency is a similar term, meaning the lessening of the penalty of the crime without forgiving the crime itself. The act of clemency is a reprieve. Today, pardons and reprieves are granted in many countries when individuals have demonstrated that they have fulfilled their debt to society, or are otherwise deserving (in the opinion of the pardoning official) of a pardon or reprieve. Ms. DeAngelo also discussed the improved recidivism rates in Michigan and the impact of the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Program.
Dr. Dale Kapla, criminal justice department head and instructor of CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice course, was instrumental in arranging for Ms. DeAngelo’s lectures in other criminal justice courses.Department Profiles