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BOARD FAQs

BOARD HEARINGS

How do I find out the results of a hearing?
The Board conducts hearings involving inmates nearly every week. Our hearings are held in Salem at the Oregon State Penitentiary and the Oregon State Correctional Institution. The Board conducts hearings by teleconference for inmates housed at correctional facilities in other parts of the state. We post the upcoming schedule of hearings, as well as the results of each hearing on our website.
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BOARD ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

What rules govern the operation of the Board?
The Board operates under the U.S. Constitution, Oregon Constitution, Federal Law, Oregon Revised Statutes and the Department of Corrections and Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision Administrative Rules.
What are the Board’s Administrative Rules?
A rule is any agency directive, standard, regulation or statement of general applicability that implements, interprets or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of any agency. - ORS 183.310(9).
State agencies operate in an environment of ever-changing laws, public concerns and legislative mandates, which require ongoing rulemaking.
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BOARD FORMS & POLICIES

Where do I find Board forms and Board policy documents?
The link below will take you to a page with budget information, various Board forms and policies on issues such as marijuana use.
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HISTORY OF PAROLE IN OREGON & BUDGET INFORMATION

Where do I find information about the history of the Board and parole in Oregon and current budget information?
The links below will take you to pages with history and budget information.
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KEY TO BOARD ACTION FORMS & GLOSSARY

How do I read a Board Action Form?
The Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision releases its decisions in Board Action Forms (BAFs).  The link below contains a key to assist you in understanding the form. 
 
How can I find out the meaning of the technical terms used by the Board?
The Board uses a lot of jargon and acronyms in our paperwork. To help out, we created a glossary with many of the terms explained.
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CRIME VICTIM REGISTRATION

How do I register as a crime victim for notifications from the Board?
The link below provides information on victim registration. For VINE, see the information in the next FAQ below.
 
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OREGON VINE

What is VINE and how do I register?
The Oregon Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) is an anonymous telephone service that monitors offenders in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Youth Authority and all county jails. VINE is administered by the Oregon Department of Justice and is part of VINELINK.
 
VINE is designed to provide two important features to crime victims and other citizens: information and notification. VINE is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
 
VINE monitors the custody status of offenders in the Department of Corrections and individuals currently on probation/parole/post-prison supervision.
 
The Oregon VINE service is available in English and Spanish. A live operator is available to provide assistance to anyone calling the toll-free number for any reason (1-877-674-8463).

For more information, click here:
1-877-OR-4-VINE
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PUBLIC RECORDS

Are written materials I send to the Board confidential?
Under Oregon Public Records Law only those written materials provided by registered victims of the inmate or offender’s actual crime can be held as confidential. The Board will release those materials to the inmate and the public only if the victim has specifically waived the confidentiality of that particular item.
Despite prior practice, the Board can no longer shield from disclosure written materials sent by non-victims, including victim relatives, community members and the general public [ORS 192.502 (4)(5)]. These written materials will not be redacted in any way except for the removal of confidential victim addresses and phone numbers that may have been listed in the letter or e-mail. These materials will be included in the inmate’s hearings packet and will be made available to the public and to the news media upon request under Oregon’s Public Records Law [ORS 144.130].
Materials that had incorrectly been held as confidential in the past cannot be shielded from disclosure in the future.
For reference, the relevant statutes are:
ORS 192.502 Other public records exempt from disclosure. 
(4) Information submitted to a public body in confidence and not otherwise required by law to be submitted, where such information should reasonably be considered confidential, the public body has obliged itself in good faith not to disclose the information, and when the public interest would suffer by the disclosure.
(5) Information or records of the Department of Corrections, including the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, to the extent that disclosure would interfere with the rehabilitation of a person in custody of the department or substantially prejudice or prevent the carrying out of the functions of the department, if the public interest in confidentiality clearly outweighs the public interest in disclosure.
ORS 144.130 Prisoner to have access to written materials considered at hearings or interviews; access procedures.
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of ORS 179.495, prior to a parole hearing or other personal interview, each prisoner shall have access to the written materials which the board shall consider with respect to the release of the prisoner on parole, with the exception of materials exempt from disclosure under ORS 192.502 (5).
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SEX OFFENDERS

Where do I find information on sex offenders in Oregon?
The Oregon State Police, Sex Offender Registration Section (SOR) is part of the Criminal Investigation Division and tracks the registrations of persons convicted of sex crimes who reside, work or attend school in the state of Oregon. SOR is the state repository for sex offender registrations within Oregon, encompassing adult and juvenile offenders.
Who is required to register in Oregon?
People convicted of particular sex crimes in Oregon. (ORS 163A.005)
People moving into Oregon or work or go to school in this state must register if they have been convicted of a crime in another state that would constitute a sex crime if committed in Oregon; or for which the person would have to register as a sex offender in that court’s jurisdiction, or as required under federal law, regardless of whether the crime would constitute a sex crime in Oregon.
 
Are all sex offenders required to register?
No.  The list of sex offenses required to register can be found in ORS 163A.005.  The first registration laws went into effect in Oregon in 1989.  Since that time, additional crimes have been added to the list.  There are a number of people living in Oregon whose sex offense convictions predate the registration requirements, while others have convictions which allow for relief from registration 10 years after their supervision ends.
 
What are the sex offender notification levels?
In 2013, a new law was passed in Oregon which created classifications of sex offenders based on their risk to sexually reoffend. Those levels are:
·        Level 3 (High risk)
·        Level 2 (Moderate risk)
·        Level 1 (Low risk)
A Level 1 sex offender presents the lowest risk to reoffend and requires a limited range of notification. A Level 2 sex offender presents a moderate risk to reoffend and requires a broader range of notification. A Level 3 sex offender presents the highest risk to reoffend and requires the widest range of notification.
Prior to this law, Oregon had only one designation, Predatory, to identify high-risk offenders.
How will registrants be classified?
A risk assessment will be done for every registered sex offender in Oregon. Risk assessment methodologies were adopted by the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision (the Board) and Community Corrections, which include validated risk tools and independent sexual offense-specific evaluations performed by certified clinical experts in sexual offense risk assessment. This assessment score will determine a registrant’s notification level.
When will registrants be assessed?
Inmates who are in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) and currently serving a sentence for a sexual offense under ORS 163A.005 will be assessed by the Board prior to, or within 60 days of, release to Post-Prison Supervision.
Registrants who are on any form of community supervision and were required to register prior to January 1, 2014 will be assessed and classified by the Board no later than December 1, 2018.
Registrants who are on formal probation in the community and were required to register after January 1, 2014 will be assessed and classified by Community Corrections agencies on a rolling basis.
Registrants who are under jurisdiction of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) and were required to register prior to July 1, 2015 may be assessed and classified by either the Board or the PSRB by December 1, 2018.  Registrants who are required to register after July 1, 2015 will be assessed and classified by the PSRB on a rolling basis.
Out-of-State registrants who move to Oregon, or attend college or work in Oregon and are required to register will be assessed and classified by the Board on a rolling basis.
How will registrants know what notification level has been determined?
The classifying agency will notify you of your assessment score and your options for a review of your assessment score. You will then be notified of your final notification level.
Once your final notification level is determined by the classifying agency, there is no further appeal.
What if a registrant refuses or fails to participate in the assessment process?
Registrants who were required to register prior to January 1, 2014 and refuse or fail to comply may be classified as a Level III sex offender.
(Or Laws 2013, Chapter 708, Section 7, as amended by HB2320 (2015), section 27)
 
Any registrant who refuses or fails to comply may be prosecuted for Fail to Register.
(ORS 163A.040(1)(h) (2015))
 
How can I get relief from registration?
Currently, you must file a case in court for relief.  This procedure can be found under ORS 163A.120 and is valid through December 31, 2018.
Beginning January 1, 2019, new procedures for relief from registration and requests for reclassification to a lower notification level will be implemented under ORS 163A.125 and is done by petitioning the classification agency.
How will victims be notified?
Victims who are registered with the classifying agency will be notified when a final notification level has been determined.
How will law enforcement notification be done?
All information on all offenders, regardless of level, can be released to law enforcement if it is in the public interest.
How will community notification be done?
Community notification will be completed by a notifying or supervising agency based on a registrant’s notification level. (ORS 163A.215)
What about registrants under PSRB or Oregon Health Authority supervision?
The Department of State Police may not post Level III registrants to the website without authorization from the supervising agency.
What information can state agencies release about an offender?
·        Level  I
o   a person that resides with the sex offender.
·        Level  II
o   a person that resides with the sex offender;
o   a person with whom the sex offender has a significant relationship;
o   residential neighbors and churches, community parks, schools and child care centers, convenience stores, businesses and other places that children or other potential victims may frequent; and
o   a long term care facility or a residential care facility if the agency knows that the sex offender is seeking admission to the facility.
·        Level  III
o   all items under Level II;
o   local or regional media sources; and,
o   the Department of State Police sex offender website.
For all registrants:
Any information that may be necessary to protect the public concerning sex offenders who reside in a specific area or concerning a specific sex offender.
Are sex offenders required to pay a registration fee?
Yes.  The fee is $70.00 per year and can be found in ORS 181.810. The fee is due the month of the offender's birthday. The Oregon State Police send out invoices to each offender who must pay the fee directly to Oregon State Police.
What are the penalties for failing to register?
A person who is required to register as a sex offender in the State of Oregon commits the crime of failure to report if the person:
·        Fails to make the initial report to an authorized agency;
·        Fails to report when the person works at, carries on a vocation at or attends an institution of higher education;
·        Fails to report following a change of school enrollment or employment status, including enrollment, employment or vocation status at an institution of higher education;
·        Moves to a new residence and fails to report the move and the person’s new address;
·        Fails to make an annual report;
·        Fails to provide complete and accurate information;
·        Fails to sign the sex offender registration form as required;
·        Fails or refuses to participate in a sex offender risk assessment as directed by the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, Psychiatric Security Review Board, Oregon Health Authority or supervisory authority; or
·        Fails to submit to fingerprinting or having a photograph taken of the face, identifying scars, marks or tattoos.
PENALTIES
·        Failure to make an initial report is a Class C Felony.
·        Failure to report once each year within ten (10) days of the person’s date of birth is a Class A Misdemeanor (Oregon residents).
·        Failure to sign registration; failure report a change of residence (Oregon residents, including those reporting a move out-of-state), school enrollment (nonresidents), employment (nonresidents), or attendance/employment at institution of higher education (Oregon residents) is a:
o   Class C Felony, if convicted of a felony crime requiring registration; OR
o   Class A Misdemeanor, if convicted of a misdemeanor crime requiring registration.
·        Failure to provide complete and accurate reporting information; failure or refusal to participate in a sex offender risk assessment; or failure to submit to fingerprinting or having a photograph taken of the face, identifying scars, marks or tattoos is a Class A Misdemeanor.
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SUPERVISION

What are the benefits of post-prison supervision?
Prison punishes the offender but does not always teach him or her how to deal successfully with society. Most inmates eventually return to society, and usually with fewer employment and social skills than they had when they entered prison.
The first six months after an inmate's release is the most vulnerable period for both the offender and the community. The offender is often pressured to return to his or her old lifestyle, and may experience low self-esteem and disorientation. Offenders with substance abuse problems are particularly susceptible to this. The fear of returning to prison is not always strong enough to overcome these immediate pressures. A combination of monitored supervision and practical assistance in obtaining jobs, counseling, and support can place the offender in a supportive, rather than destructive, context and pave the way for his or her new law-abiding life.
Who conducts supervision?
Highly trained parole officers work to ensure that the person enters society with all the community monitoring, support, and services available to prevent his or her return to crime. Persons under supervision are assigned a case plan based on the severity of their offense, particular needs, such as literacy training, and the length of time they will be on supervision. Each case is individually planned in this way.
Parole officers regularly visit the person under supervision, his or her family, and employer to ensure compliance with parole conditions. Although every effort is made to help the person overcome addiction, learn new skills, and adjust to society's demands, the parole officer's primary responsibility is to keep the community safe.
What are the conditions of supervision?
There are basic conditions that every person under supervision must adhere to and there are special conditions that the Board imposes based on criminal history, mental health, record of substance abuse, and other risk factors.

Basic conditions include notifying the parole officer in advance of any changes in employment or residence, making an honest effort to find and maintain legitimate employment, and paying a monthly supervision fee. Special conditions may include drug testing, electronic monitoring, a curfew, mandatory counseling, sex offender counseling, and polygraph exams.
 
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