The board supports a safe and just Oregon by protecting citizens’ rights and promoting positive offender change while maintaining accountability.
The first State Parole board was created in 1911. In 1969, the board became a full-time agency with three board members. In 1975, the board was enlarged to five members, with the stipulation that at least one member must be a woman. The governor appoints members to four-year terms and also determines the chair and vice-chair. Members can serve a maximum of two terms. 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 to protect the public and reduce the risk of repeat criminal behavior through incarceration and community supervision decisions based on applicable laws, victims’ interests, public safety and recognized principles of offender behavioral change.
The board imposes prison terms and makes release decisions on offenders whose criminal conduct occurred prior to November 1, 1989. It 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.
In 2015, the board became responsible for assessing and classifying all registered sex offenders in Oregon into a notification level, based on risk to re-offend. This system improves community education and notification of high-risk registered sex offenders in Oregon (Level 3) and introduces opportunities for low risk offenders (Levels 2 and 1) to be reclassified to a lower notification level and receive relief from registration if they meet statutory requirements.