The Parole Board consists of nine members – including a Chairman – appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Parole Board makes parole and parole revocation decisions by a majority of the Parole Board or in panels of two persons. Panels consist of one Parole Board Member and one Hearing Examiner or two Parole Board Members. A Hearing Examiner is also a decision maker empowered to sit on parole revocation panels, conduct parole hearings in lieu of panels and conduct parole interviews on behalf of the Parole Board.
For voting purposes, the Parole Board uses four groups based on the inmate’s current offense:
Group 1 – Majority Vote Cases (i.e. homicide, sex offenses, aggravated assault and involuntary/voluntary manslaughter)
The majority of the Parole Board Members must vote YES for an inmate to be paroled. These inmates are interviewed jointly by two Parole Board Members, or one Parole Board Member and one Hearing Examiner. [Typically, these case take longer to process Board Actions because of the individual reviews that musts be done by a majority of the decision makers.]
Group 2 - Other Violent Crimes
Two decision makers must vote YES for an inmate to be paroled. These inmates are usually interviewed jointly by a Parole Board Member and a Hearing Examiner.
Group 3 - Non-Violent Crimes
Non-violent offenders need one YES vote from a Hearing Examiner and one YES vote from a Parole Board Member. These inmates are usually interviewed by a Hearing Examiner.
Group 4 – Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive (RRRI)
RRRI-eligible inmates may be paroled if they receive a YES vote from a Hearing Examiner.
It is the Parole Board’s job to determine whether or not an inmate should be on parole. The Parole Board’s main consideration is whether or not an inmate has reduced their risk of committing a new crime and can be safely supervised in the community.