Setting Parole Conditions to Achieve Public Safety

Goals of this Guide and How to Use It

This Action Guide, A Strategic Approach to Responding to Parole Violations, is designed to assist parole Board members considering the development, modification, or improvement of their parole violation systems by developing more effective responses to violations, and improving parole violation decision making.  It is one in a series of Action Guides developed by the National Parole Resource Center (NPRC) and builds upon 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 addresses a different practice target and provides parole Board members the opportunity to consider each of the targets—explained in the Toolkit—in more depth. 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 research, and engages the user – through a series of questions – in a process of considering broadly how they see their current practices in each area.  The Action Guides then support a Board in moving toward significant practice improvements in each area.

This Action Guide is intended to assist parole Board chairs, members, and staff to:

This guide is presented in the following sections:


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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