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