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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 on those convicted of crimes committed prior to November 1, 1989, for those sentenced for murder and aggravated murder who are eligible for parole, and for dangerous offenders regardless of crime date. The Board holds release authority over approximately 10 percent of the Department of Corrections inmate population.
The Board also is 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.
The Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision is responsible for release decisions for offenders in Oregon prisons who committed their crimes prior to November 1, 1989; for aggravated murderers and murderers eligible for parole and for those convicted by the courts as dangerous offenders, regardless of crime date. 
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. The Board has statutory authority for up to five members, although only three positions have been funded since 1987. Demands on the board led the Governor to seek funding for an additional position to address growing backlogs in administrative reviews and to meet increasing workloads associated with growth in the inmate population and the number of felony offenders on supervision in the community.  That request will be addressed by the Legislature at a future date.

Chairperson Kristin Winges-Yanez
Kristin Winges-Yanez holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a law degree from Lewis & Clark.  Following a clerkship in the Clackamas County Circuit Court, she joined the Office of the Attorney General, where she was housed in the Trial Division.  At that office, Winges-Yanez handled a large caseload of lawsuits filed by current and former inmates of the Oregon Department of Corrections, representing the State’s interest in both federal and state courts
Term: December 2012 - December 2016

Member Michael Wu
Michael Wu holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a law degree from the University of Oregon.  Prior to his appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, he worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Clackamas County for 8 years.  As a Deputy District Attorney he prosecuted misdemeanors, DUIIs, drug crimes, complex financial crimes, identity theft, theft, vehicular homicides and homicides.  He also served as Drug Court Prosecutor for several years. 
Term: 03/2014 - 02/2018.

Member Sid Thompson

Sid Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in criminal justice, and master’s degree in public administration from Bellevue University located in Bellevue, Nebraska. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, he served as the Mid-west 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: 09/2013 - 09/2017