Setting Parole Conditions to Achieve Public Safety

Goals of this Guide, and How to Use It

This Action Guide, Parole Boards as Critical Stakeholders in Targeting Resources to Enhance Community Safety, is designed to assist Parole Boards in strengthening their policies and practices to achieve their central goal of enhancing community safety.  It is one in a series of  Action Guides Developd (and under development) by the National Parole Resource Center (NPRC) and builds upon the NPRC's Self-Assessment Toolkit for Paroling Authorities, an online guide that identifies ten practice targets paroling authorities should consider implementing to assist them in achieving their public safety and risk reduction goals. 

Each Action Guide will address a different practice target and provide parole Board members the opportunity to consider each of the targets—explained in the Toolkit—in more depth.1  It is strongly recommended that parole Boards use the Toolkit as a first step before using this Action Guide—or any of the Guides in the series.  The Toolkit reviews all of the practice targets, their basis in the research, and engages the user – through a series of questions – in a process of considering broadly how they see their own Board's current practices in each area.  The Action Guides then support a Board in moving toward significant practice improvements in each area.

Specifically, this Action Guide on Parole Boards as Critical Stakeholders in Targeting Resources to Achieve Public Safety is intended to assist Parole Board chairs, members, and staff to:

This guide is presented in sections to facilitate its use:

 1 The complete Action Guide Series will include: Use of Sound, Actuarial Assessments of Risk and Needs; Use of Evidence-based Decisionmaking Tools, Policies and Guidelines; Paroling Authorities: The Importance of Developing Meaningful Partnerships; Parole Boards as Critical Stakeholders in Targeting Resources to Enhance Community Safety; Release Considerations with Low Risk Offenders; The Parole Interview as an Opportunity to Enhance Motivation to Change; A Strategic Approach to Setting Parole Conditions; and A Strategic Approach to Responding to Parole Violations.


This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-DJ-BX-K140 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.


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