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Board Members

Duties and Responsibilities

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’s decisions are based on applicable laws, victims’ interests, public safety and the recognized principles of offender behavioral change. The Board imposes prison terms and makes release decisions for:
1. offenders in Oregon prisons who committed their crimes prior to November 1, 1989;
2. aggravated murderers and murderers eligible for parole; and
3. those convicted by the courts as dangerous offenders, regardless of crime date.
 
The Board holds release authority over approximately 10% of the Department of Corrections inmate population.
 
The Board is also responsible for setting conditions of supervision for all offenders being released from Oregon prisons, imposing sanctions for violations, and determining whether discharge from supervision is compatible with public safety.
  
Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to four-year terms. The Governor names the chair and vice chair. The full-time board was authorized in 1969 and has five members.

 
 

Chairperson Sid Thompson

Sid Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in criminal justice, and master’s degree in public administration from Bellevue University. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, Dr. Thompson served as the Midwest Regional Director of a private corrections company, owned and operated a corrections consulting firm, worked for the Montana Department of Corrections, and was the superintendent of the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility located in Woodburn, Oregon, and superintendent of the River Bend Youth Transition Program located in La Grande, Oregon.


Term: 09/2017 - 09/2021

 

Christine Herrman

Christine Herrman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a law degree from Duke University. Prior to her appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, she served as a Project Director for the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections, as the Executive Director of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in King County, Washington, where she concentrated on prosecution of sex crimes and crimes against children.
 
Term: 02/2016 – 02/2020
 

Patty Cress

Patty Cress holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Southern Oregon University, and a master’s degree in Teaching from Western Oregon University.  Prior to her appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, she worked as the Lead Release Counselor for the Oregon Department of Corrections and as a Parole and Probation Officer in Coos and Jackson counties.  As a Parole Officer, she supervised specialized caseloads of domestic violence and sexual offenders.  

 Term: 03/2016 - 03/2020
 

Michael Hsu

Michael Hsu holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.  Prior to his appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, he worked as an attorney at Metropolitan Public Defenders in Washington and Multnomah counties.  As a public defender he represented defendants at trials, sentencings, probation violation hearings, and release hearings for a wide variety of crimes. 
 
Term: 05/2017 - 05/2021
 
 

James Taylor

James Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Linfield College.  Prior to his appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, he served for four years on the Audit Committee, one as Chairman, for the Oregon Youth Authority which oversees nine youth correctional facilities in the state of Oregon.   Additionally, James worked for over 30 years as a banker in Portland, Oregon, serving primarily as a Vice President in commercial real estate and business finance.  James has also previously worked for the former state of Oregon Economic Development Department and the city of Portland Development Commission.
Term: 12/2017 - 12/2021