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Decision Making by the Parole Board

The Board deliberates and makes decisions based on information furnished to it by the Department of Corrections, offenders and their families, victims and their families, other interested citizens, and individuals who may have pertinent information for the Board.

The Board considers the following factors when making decisions concerning offenders eligible for parole:

  • Seriousness of the crime committed
  • Danger to the public
  • The offender's risk of re-offending
  • Any input given by the victim, including, but not limited to, the emotional damage done to the victims and the victim's family
  • The offender's parole plan - including housing, employment, need for community treatment and follow-up resources
  • Recommendation of the Department of Corrections

The Board may according to policy consider all pertinent information including the following factors:

  • History of prior criminal activity
  • Prior history on probation, parole, or another form of supervised release
  • Abuse of drugs or alcohol
  • Poor institutional adjustment
  • Success or failure of treatment
  • Attitude toward authority - before and during incarceration
  • Comments from the prosecutor's office, the Office of the Attorney's General's, the judiciary or other criminal justice agency
  • Education and job skills
  • Employment history
  • Emotional stability
  • Mental status - capacity and stability
  • History of deviant behavior
  • Official and community attitudes toward accepting an inmate back into the community
  • Other factors involved that relate to public safety or the offender's needs