Parole Board Mission

The mission of the Parole Board is achieved by:

  • Identifying those parole eligible offenders for whom there is sufficient indication that confinement has served its purposes and setting conditions of parole;
  • Providing transitional planning, supervision and assistance to the offender and direction to relevant services that promotes responsible conduct;
  • Enforcing compliance with parole conditions through the timely application of a graduated scale of sanctions, including a return to confinement;
  • Developing partnerships with applicable federal, state, county and non-profit organizations in an effort to provide a continuum of risk reduction programming to offenders that reduces recidivism, maximizes resources, eliminates duplication and demonstrates fiscal responsibility;
  • Striving to understand the concerns of victims and the general public, giving full consideration to these concerns when setting policy and making parole decisions; and
  • Giving valuable and timely recommendations to the Governor on matters of executive clemency.

Parole Board Vision

The Massachusetts Parole Board visualizes itself as an agency whereby:

  • Our commitment to the protection of the community and the concerns of victims leads to our being recognized as an integral component of the criminal justice system;
  • Our decisions and the process by which we make them will be improved by continual research, evaluation and discussion;
  • Public safety is enhanced through a comprehensive re-entry program which includes transitional planning, strong communications with all criminal justice agencies to enhance our decision making ability, partnerships targeted to provide state of the art, research proven, risk-reduction programming, graduated supervision levels to accommodate the accountability needs of all parolees under our supervision and educational/informational briefings to keep the public informed of our initiatives;
  • We are committed to enhancing the job performance and professional development of our staff by maximizing communication, access to education, training and technology and information sharing;
  • We respect, support and recognize each individual who works within this agency and the jobs that they perform;
  • As a staff, we strive toward unity of purpose understanding that alone we may have our share of successes, but together, we can accomplish great things, and;
  • We shall always endeavor to treat parolees with professionalism, fairness, respect and consistency.

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