“Kathleen Schaefer definitely knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. She prepared me well for several critical events during my sentence hearing and during incarceration, from providing me a reading list of materials pertaining to my crime, providing information about how I could be perceived by staff and the Parole Board given my personality and giving feedback on how to better present myself. Coming to grips with the significance of my crime was hard. Kathleen helped me understand that more fully with her compassionate and professional manner. Her counsel prepared me well for many internal evaluations as well as my parole interview. Her representation at my hearing contributed to my success in being granted a parole.“
“We needed help getting ready for the parole board interview. [Dr.] Schaefer prepared us on what to expect (and) helped us prepare a professional parole packet that included letters of support, a letter from a prospective employer, and a commitment to a home placement with us. I couldn’t have done it without her. She was my rock.”
“Kathleen was instrumental in the education, preparation and ultimate release of a very dear friend of mine who was facing the parole board for the first time. She took it upon herself to travel to the Upper-Peninsula of Michigan where he was incarcerated. My friend later told me that after Kathleen’s consultation he gained greater insights and because of her unique background, like no other, and understandings about the workings of the Michigan Department of Corrections he was well prepared for his parole board interview and reentry.
My friend was beyond words in relation to Kathleen’s approach of sincerity and genuine care for him as a human being, despite his past. Because of her approach, unique expertise and emphatic spirit, not only was my friend paroled at his first opportunity, but he did so with his dignity intact –all because of the help and professional services we received from Kathleen.”
“Nobody has more insight into the Michigan Department of Corrections than Kathleen Schaefer. [Dr.] Schaefer helped me get ready for the parole hearing and also spoke on my behalf. I was afraid of getting turned down, that I would spend my best adult years in prison, but I was able to get a parole at my first attempt.”
“We would like to thank you very much for your help and guidance before, during and after the Parole process our son had to go through with The Michigan Department of Corrections. Your expertise with the system was a great help to us as we navigated this complex process. You were responsive to our and our son’s needs and questions. We appreciate how you were able to keep things moving forward.
Our son was granted parole and your assistance greatly contributed to it.”
From Attorneys & Associates
“[Dr.] Schaefer provided me with excellent insight into the parole process and was instrumental in the timely release of my client. ”
[Dr.] Schaefer has provided indispensable sentencing and parole information and assistance to many of my clients. [Dr.] Schaefer assists the client directly in composing helpful responses to the Department of Corrections Presentence Interview forms. Her assistance at that juncture helps the client greatly in subsequent parole hearings. Often times language inserted in the PSIR may not be noticed by defense counsel as being troublesome at the sentencing phase; however, [Dr.] Schaefer is keenly aware of the parole process years down the road and the interplay between the PSIR language and the granting of or denial of parole.
I highly recommend [Dr.] Schaefer to any defense attorney who is embroiled in a difficult State criminal defense proceeding.