The Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision works in partnership with the Department of Corrections and local supervisory authorities to protect the public and reduce the risk of repeat criminal behavior. The board imposes prison terms and makes release decisions on offenders whose criminal conduct occurred prior to November 1, 1989. The board sets conditions of supervision for all offenders being released from prison, imposes sanctions for violations of supervision and determines whether discharge from parole supervision is compatible with public safety. Discharge from supervision for offenders sentenced under sentencing guidelines occurs automatically upon expiration of the statutory period of post-prison supervision. The board’s decisions are based on applicable laws, victims’ interests, public safety and the recognized principles of offender behavioral change.
The full-time board was authorized in 1969. In 1975, the board was enlarged to five members, with the stipulation that at least one member must be a woman. The membership was reduced to three in 1992; however, legislation increased the board back to five in 2015. The governor appoints members for four-year terms and also determines the chair and vice-chair. Members can serve a maximum of two terms. Board staff consists of an executive director, a supervising executive assistant and 22 support staff. The board works closely with the Department of Corrections and local community corrections agencies.
In 2013, new legislation was passed for a sex offender notification level system, which was amended in 2015. This system will improve community education and notification of high-risk registered sex offenders in Oregon and will introduce opportunities for low risk offenders to be reclassified to a lower notification level and/or receive relief from registration if they meet statutory requirements. In the 2015–17 and 2017–19 biennia, the board will conduct assessments for over 4,000 registered sex offenders. In January 2019, the board will begin conducting hearings to determine eligibility for reclassification and/or relief from registration for those registrants who meet statutory requirements.
Mailing Address: 2575 Center St. NE, Suite 100, Salem 97301-4621
Contact: Brenda Carney, Executive Director; Michael Wu, Board Chair
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Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 144
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