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Victim Services

The Board of Parole is committed to honoring crime victim rights and continues to notify registered stakeholders about upcoming releases and Board decisions. In the event an adult in custody (AIC) is released early in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board is committed to notify all registered victims. You may also register for notification with the Board of Parole or Oregon VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday).


Our Commitment To Victims

The Board of Parole is committed to the rights of victims to play a meaningful role in the criminal justice process, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to receive fair and impartial treatment. 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 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.

Contact Us:

Phone:503-945-0907
Email:dlparoleboardvictimnotify@doc.state.or.us

Victim Notification

​Victims of crime and members of the public may register with the Oregon Board of Parole for notification about individuals currently in prison or offenders on parole or post-prison supervision, or for notification about Registered Sex Offenders who may petition the Board for reclassification or relief from registration.

  • Notification is an opt-in process – you must tell us you would like to be notified and provide contact information. We do not notify individuals who have not registered with us.
  • You may choose to register for specific types of notification or all types. You may also choose how the Board will contact you. 
  • You must keep your information updated with us to ensure timely and accurate notification. If we have more than one type of contact information, we will use all of them to attempt to reach you.
  • The Board shares contact information with the Department of Corrections and local community corrections agencies. If you prefer that we not share your information, please let us know. NOTE: Not sharing contact information with the Department of Corrections may mean you are not notified of certain types of releases.

For automated notifications about change in custody status (transfers between prisons, escapes, arrests, and releases from jail, etc.), you may wish to register with VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday). VINE and the Oregon Board of Parole Victim Notification are separate programs and you must register for each separately. 

Click here​ for information and to register for notification.

Haz clic aquí​ por más información y para solicitar notificación

Community Supervision

Members of the public, including victims, may contact the PO assigned to supervise an offender to report that he or she is violating the conditions of supervision. Some counties also have victim advocates on staff​ in the community corrections office; advocates can answer questions about supervision, help with safety planning, and coordinate with an offender's PO. If you need assistance contacting the assigned PO or a victim advocate, please contact us.​

The day-to-day supervision of offenders on parole or post-prison supervision i​s handled by each county's Community Corrections staff. Often, a specific Parole Officer (PO) is assigned to supervise an individual with the dual goals of helping them transition successfully into the community while holding them accountable to the conditions imposed by the Board. POs also have the authority to modify some conditions of supervision and to sanction offenders who have violated the conditions of supervision. If restitution was ordered in the judgment, any payments will go to the court in the county where the offender was convicted. The court will divide each payment according to law and mail checks to restitution payees. The obligation to pay restitution does not end when parole or post-prison supervision ends. Restitution questions can be directed to the individual's PO if he or she is on supervision or the accounting department in each county courthouse.

If an offender is alleged to have violated the conditions of his or her supervision, he or she may be subject to sanctions as imposed by their PO. In some ​cases, the offender may request a hearing, called a formal Morrissey hearing, to contest the allegation. These hearings are often conducted with all parties via teleconference. Like other Board hearings, registered victims will be notified and have the opportunity to participate if they choose to do so.

Release from Prison

​The Board welcomes input from victims and members of the public regarding hearings or supervision conditions. If you would like to submit your input in writing for consideration at a hearing, it needs to arrive at least 14 days before the hearing. If you would like to submit your input for the Board to consider when determining supervision conditions, please send it 30 days in advance of the adult-in-custody's release date. Please include the individual's name and State Identification (SID) number if you know it. 

 

Under Oregon Public Records Law, written materials submitted to the Board will be considered public documents. Copies of written submissions for hearings will be provided to the adult-in-custody in advance of the hearing, and may be disclosed to other members of the public who submit public records requests. Please keep this in mind when submitting written documents to the Board. If you have concerns about submitting a letter to the Board, please contact Victim Services staff for assistance.

 

You may also request copies or to review the materials the Board will consider at a hearing, or other public records. Please contact us for more information.

The Board of Parole does not hold release hearings for every person releasing from prison. The Board only has release authority over individuals who were convicted of certain offenses:

  • Convictions for crimes that occurred before 11/1/1989
  • Convictions for Aggravated Murder
  • Convictions where the person was sentenced as a “Dangerous Offender" by the court
  • Convictions for Murder committed after 6/29/95 sentenced to life with a 20 or 25 year minimum

There are several ways victims can participate in a hearing. The Board encourages everyone to participate to the extent they feel comfortable. Options to participate and provide input include:

  • Attending the hearing in person, including speaking at the hearing
  • Attending a hearing via telephone, including speaking at the hearing
  • Submitting a written statement to the Board in advance of the hearing
  • Asking for a written statement to be read into the record at the hearing

Victim Services staff will be happy to discuss all these options to help you decide what is right for you.

Parole Board release hearings are held from inside correctional institutions in Salem, with the offender either present in person or appearing via videoconference. Board hearings are open to the public; however, the Board needs to know in advance if you plan to attend. 

  • Victim Services staff can answer any questions you might have about entering a correctional facility, and will accompany you to any hearings you choose to attend in person​.

The majority of currently incarcerated offenders who committed their crimes after 11/1/1989 were given determinate sentences, which means the Board has no authority to hold release hearings, make release decisions, or defer release dates.

  • The Department of Corrections does have several early release programs that individuals may be eligible for that impact the date they are released from prison.

While the Board does not set release dates for everyone, we do determine the conditions of supervision for all individuals releasing from prison onto parole or post-prison supervision

  • There are General Conditions of Supervision that apply to everyone, and the Board also may impose Special Conditions on a case by case basis after reviewing the individual's release plan. You can view a list of all general and special conditions of supervision here.
  • Please feel free to contact us for information about release dates and release planning. Victim Services staff can answer questions about supervision and provide some specific information about each release plan.

If you have specific concerns or would like to request the Board consider imposing a specific Special Condition, please contact us.​



Sex Offenders

The Board of Parole is responsible for assessment and classification of all registered sex offenders in Oregon to determine the range of proactive community notification that is appropriate.

  • Level 1: Narrowest range of community notification
    • A person that resides with the registrant
  • Level 2: Moderate range of community notification
    • ​All Level 1 notifications
    • A person with whom the registrant has a significant relationship​
    • Residential neighbors and churches, community parks, schools, and child care centers, convenience stores, businesses, and other places that children or potential victims may frequent
    • A long-term care facility if the registrant is seeking admission to the facility
  • Level 3: Widest range of community notification

The Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit may also disclose 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, regardless of his or her assigned level.

All registrants, regardless of notification level, are still required to renew their registrations with the Oregon State Police annually, upon changing their residence, or changing employment/enrollment at an institute of higher education.

Registere​d Sex Offenders may request a hearing to be reclassified to a different level if certain eligibility criteria are met. If the Board holds a hearing, we will notify any registered victims who may choose to participate.

To be eligible to petition for reclassification:

  • It has been at least 10 years since the registrant was on supervision for the sex offense
  • Registrants must not have been convicted of a subsequent person felony or person class A misdemeanor

Please contact Victim Services if you have questions or for more information about reclassification hearings.​

Registered Sex Offenders may request a hearing to be relieved of the obligation ​t​​o register as a sex offender if certain eligibility criteria are met. If the Board holds a hearing, we will notify any registered victims who may choose to participate.

To be eligible to petition for relief:

  • The registrant must be classified as Level 1

  • It has been at least 5 years since the registrant was on supervision for the sex offense

  • ​If the registrant was reclassified from Level 2 to Level 1, he or she will not be eligible for relief for 5 years after reclassification.  

  • The registrant must not have been convicted of a subsequent person felony or person class A misdemeanor

  • Registrants who were convicted of Rape 1, Sodomy 1, Unlawful Sexual Penetration 1, Kidnapping 1, and Burglary 1 when committed with the intent to commit a sex offense are ineligible for relief

  • Registrants who were classified as Level 3 and reclassified to a lower level will not be eligible for relief from registration.

Please contact Victim Services if you have questions or for more information about relief hearings.


Contact Us:

Phone:503-945-0907
Email:dlparoleboardvictimnotify@doc.state.or.us

Other Resources


Below are links to additional resources not associated with the Board:
OrganizationContact
Dept. of Justice VINE(Victim Information Notification Everyday) service: VINE or call 1-877-OR-4-VINE
Oregon Dept. of Justice Crime Victim & Survivor Services: DOJ
U.S. Office for Victims of Crimes: OVC
Lines for Life: an Oregon based non-profit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide: Lines for Life or call 1-800-273-8255
Oregon Dept. of Corrections Offender Search: ODOC Offender Search
Oregon Dept of Corrections Victim Services: ODOC Victim Services
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: OCADSV or call 1-800-273-8255

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