On October 19, 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Pennsylvania Parole Board (Board) resulted in the combining of the agencies’ similar, shared and overlapping resources and functions.
Under the MOU, both agencies remained separate from each other. Community supervision of parolees and all other reentry services were combined under a new, centralized chain of command that everyone in those areas reported to and now follow with the DOC. The MOU involved reentry tasks, such as but not limited to inmate/parolee records, inmate/parolee reentry planning, parolee placement and supervision and parole violation management and return process.
Parole Board and DOC employees combined within the new organization structure fell within direct supervision of that new structure, but have remained employees of the respective agencies. Employees have continued fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of their respective agencies.
The MOU also consolidated the agencies’ business administration offices, internal affairs and investigative offices and communications/public information offices. Through previous MOUs, the agencies’ information technology and the management of data and research were already consolidated.
The Board remained independent and has continued to exercise its exclusive and independent decision-making role with regard to decisions to parole, re-parole, commit and recommit for violations of parole and to discharge persons sentenced by any court at any time to imprisonment in a correctional institution.