Information about hearings
Among its other duties, the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision is responsible for conducting hearings regarding the potential release of those inmates under the Board's release authority or for other specified purposes in statute. These information-gathering portions of the hearings are public meetings and interested individuals are welcome to attend. Inmates housed in Salem institutions generally appear at their hearings in person; inmates housed in other areas of the state or housed out of state appear by videoconference or by teleconference.
For security reasons, Board hearings are held inside the facilities of Department of Corrections (DOC) institutions and advance arrangements must be made with the Board. DOC has certain restrictions for members of the public entering an institution. For example, individuals wishing to attend a Board hearing in person undergo criminal background check with the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) and must follow the DOC dress code for visiting prisons and other requirements that will be explained when you register to attend the hearing. Another option is to be connected to the hearing by telephone instead of attending the hearing in person.
Please note that space and phone lines for Board hearings may be limited. If you wish to attend a hearing in person or by telephone, please contact the Board's Hearings Specialist at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements by calling (503) 945-0902. Please inform the Hearings Specialist if you need an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities.
In general, only victims of the offender's crime, district attorneys, and one offender supporter are allowed to participate in the hearing by making statements to the Board as provided by rule. However, anyone may send statements in a letter or e-mail regarding an upcoming hearing for the Board's consideration. Those letters should be received by the Board at least two weeks prior to the scheduled hearing for inclusion in the hearings packet. Correspondence received after that time may not be included for the Board's consideration.
Note to crime victims: If you are the victim of an offender scheduled for a hearing, additional services are available to you. The Board's Victim Specialist can help you to understand the process and your rights, and can assist you in participating in whatever manner you choose. Please click here to go to the Board's victim services web pages or call (503) 945-0907.
To view the current schedule of Board hearings click here
To view a chart of hearing type definitions please click here