The Massachusetts Parole Board is an agency within the Executive Office of Public Safety authorized to grant paroles, supervise the parolee, and make recommendations to the Governor in regard to pardons and commutations. The agency conducts face-to-face parole release hearings, supervises parolees, provides notice and assistance to victims, and provides reentry services to offenders leaving custody with no post release supervision.
The seven members of the Parole Board are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Executive Council. Members are appointed for five year terms or to fill the unexpired term of a prior member. Board members devote full time to their duties. The Governor designates one member of the Board as the Chairman, who acts as the executive and administrative head of the Board.
This is the process that a clemency petition goes through once it is submitted to the Massachusetts Parole Board for consideration.
- The Massachusetts Parole Board, as an integral component of the criminal justice system, promotes public safety through the responsible reintegration of offenders into the community through supervised conditional release, so that a successful transition from confinement to parole discharge provides a basis for continued responsible conduct.