The duties of the first Massachusetts parole officers included assisting released prisoners in finding jobs and providing them with tools, clothing, and transportation at state expense. Although in the past 175 years there have been numerous legislative changes affecting parole in Massachusetts, our core mission and objective remain essentially unchanged.
Today, the Massachusetts Parole Board is an agency within the Executive Office of Public Safety. Our primary responsibility is to identify parole-eligible offenders for whom there is sufficient indication that confinement has served its purpose, setting appropriate conditions for parole, and enhancing public safety through the responsible reintegration of these individuals to the community. The Intensive Parole for Sex Offenders Program supervises and manages sex offenders on parole through the use of a strict set of conditions, including curfews and polygraph examinations. Eight Regional Reentry Centers were opened in 2004 to aid in the reintegration process for parolees and offenders who wrap up their prison sentences and are released to the streets.