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
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
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 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.
Vice Chairperson 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
02/2016 – 02/2020
Member 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: 09/2013 - 09/2017
|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