Rebecca Oakes, vice chair of the State Parole Board, briefed the committee under the SMART Government Act and Joint Rule 25. She distributed a handout (Attachment I) that covers the the compsition of the board, terms, and related statistics.
Alexandra Walker, member of the Parole Board, also shared information about parole board procedures and explained the differences between discretionary parole and mandatory release dates. She also discussed the relationship between community corrections and parole.
The committee discussed the number of parole board members and if there is a need for another member. Ms. Oakes provided an overivew of measures the parole board has implemented to alleviate the workload increase, including contracting out for revocation hearings. The committee discussed information sharing between agencies and other models for parole boards.