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Details and reminders for Parole Board hearing for Richard Wershe, Jr.

Contact: Chris Gautz,, 517-241-0363

or Holly Kramer,, 517-335-3090


The Michigan Parole Board will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017  to consider the possible parole of Richard Wershe, Jr.  The hearing will take place at the T-100 Training Center on the property of G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility, 3500 N. Elm Ave. in Jackson, Mich.

There is limited seating available, and seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be aware that seats will not be held, so if you leave your seat prior to 9 a.m., it could be claimed by someone else.

Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and the hearing will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Doors will close once the hearing starts, and movement in and out of the room will not be allowed to avoid disruptions in the hearing process. It is estimated the hearing could last up to four to six hours. Restroom facilities are available in the hearing room.

Individuals who wish to speak and are present in the hearing room will be able to indicate this when they sign in on the attendance log. Those who cannot attend are able to send a letter to the Michigan Parole Board at 206 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48933. Letters should be mailed by June 15.


Security considerations

There will be a security check at the door upon arrival.

Attendees should bring a photo ID, such as a driver license or state ID. Electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, cameras and video or audio recording equipment, weapons of any kind, tobacco products, flammables such as lighters or matches and signage are not allowed in the hearing room and are prohibited on grounds. Electronic devices, such as a cell phone, can remain locked in your vehicle during the hearing.

Those who are outside the hearing room when the hearing begins, or when the room is full, will not be able to linger on correctional facility property as we work to maintain the security of the institution.



Please use the facility entrance on E. Parnall Road. You will see a sign for G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility at the entrance on the south side of Parnall Road. There will also be staff available to direct vehicles on where to park and remind attendees of prohibited items.