Setting Parole Conditions to Achieve Public Safety

Moving Toward Implementing Practice Improvements and Performance Measurement

If a Board decides to adopt specific policies or practices to improve its parole violation system or parole violation decision making, the following seven step process is recommended as a way of moving forward. Undertaking this process as a team (parole Board members, hearing officers and if appropriate, supervision staff) will facilitate the development of a shared understanding of the current violations data and practices, provide an opportunity to revisit shared goals and values, and build a commitment to implementing agreed-upon changes.

The remainder of this section moves through these steps to assist parole Boards to explore the current research, review existing policy/practice, assess where opportunities for change exist, and plan for desired change. Regardless of whether the parole Board engages in this process as a full body, sub-committee, or working group, it will be important to move through this process as a team. Team-based approaches provide a strong foundation for developing a shared understanding of current practice, and considering what changes might strengthen that practice.

The "roadmap" below illustrates the steps recommended and provides a way to navigate each step:

Current Condition Setting Practice Step 1: Convene Board or working group and agree on a charter. Step 2: As a team, complete the NPRC Self-Assessment Tool Kit. Step 3: Review the evidence-based practice research on condition setting. Step 4: Develop a shared understanding of your board's current condition setting practice. Step 5: Consider your Board's goals for condition setting and develop a shared statement for your purpose; convene working sessions to discuss: number of conditions, standard and special conditions, targeting for maximum risk reduction, and conditions for special populations of offenders. Step 6: Develop a strategy to implement changes to condition setting policy and practice. Step 7: Develop a plan to measure performance.

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Step 1: Convene Board or working
group and agree on a charter.