The Board has authority over offenders sentenced under three different sets
1. Discretionary (crimes
committed before 1/20/77)
2. Matrix (crimes
committed between 1/26/77 and 10/31/89)
Guidelines (crimes committed on or after 11/1/89).
Offenders who committed a crime
before 11/1/89 get parole on release, for crimes committed on or after
11/1/89, offenders get post-prison supervision. Being on parole or
post-prison supervision means that once an offender is released from prison they
must follow certain rules (known as "conditions").
Parole only applies to Discretionary
and Matrix cases.
Post-Prison Supervision only applies
to Sentencing Guidelines cases.
The Board's control is different depending on which of the three sets of laws
apply. Some offenders have crimes sentenced under more than one law. The
Board has no power over sentence time
served for Sentencing Guidelines cases. In these cases, the Board is not
involved until the offender is released from prison. In all three cases, the
Board decides the rules ("conditions") of supervision upon release
from prison. The Board can return an offender to custody if those conditions
are broken ("violated").
You must notify the Board if you want to be notified of hearings or an
inmate's release. If you notify the Board, your name will also be provided to
the Department of Corrections. The Board and the Department of Corrections
will notify you prior to any type of release if we have your address. Your
address and telephone number are confidential.
Attending Board Hearings
The Board is aware that being the victim of a crime can have a
significant impact on your life and emotional well-being. We do not want to
contribute to your pain. We encourage you to participate in hearings only to
the extent appropriate for you and to seek information as needed. If you have
any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Victims and interested citizens are always welcome to attend Board hearings.
Victims may choose to attend a hearing in person, via telephone, or they
may send a letter to the Board expressing their thoughts in writing. Most
hearings are held in a prison, so in order to attend a hearing, you must call
the Board's Hearings Specialist prior to the hearing so arrangements can be
made. Prisons have restrictions for members of the public entering the
prison, such as you cannot take a
phone into a prison or wear blue jeans. The Board's Hearings
Specialist can give you information about rules for entering a prison to
attend a hearing.
The Board is not able to travel to all Oregon prisons. When the Board does
not go to a prison, hearings are held by telephone from the Oregon State
Correctional Institution or video conference from the Oregon State Penitentiary
in Salem. The Board's Hearings Specialist can tell you where the hearing will
be held. The Hearings Specialist can be reached at (503) 945-0902 or (503) 945-9009.
Oregon law requires the Board to hold hearings within a certain time period.
Unfortunately, this means that we cannot always schedule hearings at the most
convenient times for people who want to attend. Sometimes the Board needs to
change a hearing date. If you have told us that you want to participate in a
hearing, the Board will make an effort to reschedule the hearing when you are
You must keep the Board informed of any change of address or
To view the current schedule of Board hearings click here
Information Considered by the
The Board welcomes letters from victims and the public regarding hearings or
supervision conditions. If you want the Board to consider a letter at a
hearing, it needs to arrive at least 7 days before the hearing. Please
include the inmate's name and SID# (state identification number), if you know
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 not release those materials to the inmate and
the public unless the victim has specifically waived the confidentiality of
that particular item.
Despite prior practice, the Board can no longer routinely 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 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].
Documents (reports, etc.) that the Board will consider during a hearing are
contained in a packet. A copy of the packet, without confidential
information, is sent to the inmate 14 days prior to the hearing. The release
of documents contained in the packet, and in the official Board files, is
controlled by public records laws. Documents released for a victim to view
may not be available for view by the general public. For that reason, not all
material can be copied and supplied through the mail.
Anyone may purchase a copy of the materials that are considered public.
Victims who want to view file materials should make an appointment by calling
the Board's Records Office at (503) 945-0915 weekdays between 9:00 am and
Remember to keep the Board informed of changes in your address or
How to reach us
For assistance, contact our Victim Representative at:
- Phone: (503) 945-0907
Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision
2575 Center Street NE, Suite 100
Salem, Oregon 97301-6854
County Contact List for Victims
The link below is a list of contact people in each county for
victims who wish to determine the status of an offender who has been released
from prison. Some of the persons listed below are employed with a community
corrections agency and some are employees by a victim’s assistance office
with a District Attorney.
Victim Services Contacts