The Massachusetts Parole Board is an agency within the Executive Office of Public Safety authorized to grant paroles, supervise the parolees in the community and make recommendations to the Governor in regard to pardons and commutations. Annually, the agency conducts more than 10,000 face-to-face parole release hearings, processes an additional 10,000 office votes, supervises more than 8,000 parolees, provides notice and assistance to thousands of victims, and provides reentry services to nearly 700 state offenders leaving custody with no post-release supervision.
Parole is a discretionary decision made by the Parole Board to release an offender from confinement after he or she has served a portion of a their sentence. Persons on parole remain under supervision and must abide by conditions as determined by the Board. The agency is responsible for assisting parolees with housing, employment and treatment services as they transition back into the community and the majority of parolees successfully complete their term of supervision and remain in the community as productive, law-abiding citizens.
Although the current fiscal situation is challenging, we know that with the continued support of Governor Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Murray, Secretary Cabral and Undersecretary McCroom, the agency will continue to develop and implement comprehensive strategies to improve public safety.
On the cutting edge of national trends in parole and public safety, the Massachusetts Parole Board has recently undertaken a number of new initiatives including (but not limited to):
- Developing enhanced performance & outcome measurements;
- Implementing evidence based case management supervision strategies;
- Utilization of half-way back programs to more effectively address technical violations for drug and alcohol use;
- Improved reemployment & placement strategies;
- Ensuring healthcare access for all parolees;
- Developing and implementing a mentoring program;
- American Correctional Association accreditation;
- Implementation of validated risk assessment tools in the decision-making process;
- Improved staff training;
- Victim services outreach & education; and
- Information technology enhancements.
Our philosophy and organizational priorities are based on a strategy we have designated as the S.M.A.R.T. Government approach. This stands for:
- S trategic Objectives - making sure all agency initiatives are based on strategic objectives that are evidence-based and measurable;
- M ission-driven focus - ensuring that all operations are managed based on measurable outcomes focused on our core responsibility to improve public safety;
- A ccountability - holding all staff, vendors, partners and clients accountable for their respective responsibilities;
- R eturn on Investment - evaluating the value of initiatives and operations using a business model that assesses cost, sustainability and validated outcomes;
- T ransparency - creating an organizational culture and environment within a state agency in which all activities are transparent.
Recognizing the magnitude of our mission and that it is a privilege to serve the public in the positions we have been entrusted, we will not settle for mediocrity but instead, will continue to pursue excellence.
We invite you to take this opportunity to read more about the structure and mission of our agency, current initiatives, agency newsletters and our programs!