A case conference is a meeting between a parole officer and his or her supervisor to discuss a parolee's behavior, parole adjustment, and non-compliance with parole conditions.
A detainer is a warrant for temporary or permanent custody that authorizes the detention of a parolee prior to a preliminary revocation hearing. A detainer may be issued at any time during the parole violation process to prevent the parolee from fleeing.
If a parolee is returned to custody for violating his or her parole, the Board conducts a final revocation hearing at which time Board Members vote on whether to re-incarcerate the offender or to reinstate his or her parole.
Parole officers report alleged violations to their supervisors if the parolee is "Whereabouts Unknown," if there is a finding of probable cause/indictment, or if the parolee is convicted of a new crime.
A preliminary hearing is then conducted by a hearing examiner who interviews the parolee and recommends action to the Board. If the Board votes in favor of a revocation, a parole violation warrant will be issued. If the Board votes against the revocation, the parolee will be returned to supervision, possibly with a new condition of parole.
A provisional revocation is the withdrawal of a decision to parole an inmate on a provisional or temporary basis. Only Parole Board members have the authority to provisionally revoke parole.
Adult inmates sentenced in Massachusetts to second-degree life in prison are eligible for parole after serving 15 years of their sentence. The initial parole hearing (the inmate's first parole hearing) is conducted by the full Parole Board unless the inmate waives his or her right to appear before the entire Board.
If the Board denies parole after the initial hearing, a review hearing will be scheduled in five years, or the hearing may be scheduled earlier at the discretion of the Parole Board.
Upcoming lifer hearings
After the Board votes to parole an inmate and sets a date for release, its decision remains contingent upon the inmate's continued satisfactory conduct. Failure to uphold such conduct and/or new information uncovered about the inmate after the hearing may be considered grounds for rescinding the positive parole vote. If the Board learns of such new information, it may suspend the parole date to conduct an investigation.
IPSO [Intensive Parole for Sex Offenders]:
Sex offenders on parole are subject to a more comprehensive set of parole conditions based on Level 1, 2, or 3 classification from the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board. Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders are placed into the IPSO program automatically and Level 1 sex offenders are assigned to the program by vote of the Parole Board.
Sex offenders in the IPSO program are managed by a specially trained parole officer, a sex offender therapist, and a polygraph examiner. The IPSO team develops a supervision plan for the sex offender and holds routine case conferences to discuss the parolee's adjustment, to address problems, and to modify treatment and supervision plans as necessary.
Graduated sanctions are a range of sanctions and interventions for parole violations that are applied based on a risk assessment score, the severity of the violation, and other mitigating factors.
A sanction is a corrective measure taken by the Parole Board, parole supervisor, or parole officer in response to a possible parole violation. The purpose of the sanction is to control parolee behavior and to encourage compliance with parole conditions.
An intervention is an action taken by the Parole Board, parole supervisors, and/or parole officers in response to a possible parole violation. The intervention is designed to provide treatment, guidance, and support to the parolee in order to decrease the likelihood that the violation will be repeated.