- Parole Process
- Dockets and Results
- Pardon Process
- Victim Services
Parole provides community supervision to offenders who are serving a sentence for a non-violent offense released by the Parole Board and to offenders who are serving a sentence for a violent offense (Violent Offenses, Violent Offenses - 85%, Violent Offenses - Title 57) released by the Governor to finish serving their sentences outside of prison, subject to certain conditions. Offenders on parole must pay a supervision fee of $40.00 per month. Special conditions may be imposed by the Parole Board to further restrict freedom, limit movement in the community, add further punitive measures, or to require rehabilitative services. Violation of any of the standard or special conditions of parole may result in the imposition of additional/intermediate punitive sanctions, up to and including sending the offender back to prison.
Each offender is given an initial parole docket eligibility date when they are processed into the prison system (unless otherwise not qualified under statute).
When an offender’s eligibility date arrives an investigative report will be prepared and presented to the Board. A hearing will be scheduled. The offender will either make a personal appearance before the Board or he/she will have a parole hearing by “jacket review” pursuant to applicable policy, procedure, or statutory requirements.
Notice is sent to the offender, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, District Attorneys, victims who have registered with the Parole Board Victim Coordinator to receive notice, and other interested citizens who have registered to receive notice.
The Board will make a recommendation to the Governor’s Office for those offenders convicted of a violent offense. The Board will make paroling decisions on those offenders convicted of a non-violent offense. The Board may or may not place stipulations and/or conditions upon an offender’s parole. The Governor may or may not place additional stipulations and/or conditions upon an offender’s parole.
The Board always takes into account the welfare of the community and public safety in determining the optimum period of time for parole release of an individual offender. The parole decision is representative of the criminal justice system and governmental guidelines and is an attempt to reflect the general attitude and opinions of law enforcement and the community at large. Before granting parole, the Board determines whether or not an offender has demonstrated appropriate behavior which ensures a reasonable opportunity to succeed socially and economically. The Board takes into consideration the individuality of offenders on a case-by-case basis.
The Parole Board, consisting of five (5) members, must have a majority vote (3 of the 5) for a final decision.
Voting is sequential, with one Member recording their vote verbally at a time.
The votes are not final until the Meeting is adjourned for the month, the votes are validated, and posted for public dissemination.
The Board can make one of four (4) basic decisions at a parole hearing. These decisions are:
A parole hearing does not necessarily mean that the offender will be released on parole or be recommended for parole.