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.
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 his or her 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.
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 new performance and outcome measurements;
- Implementing evidence-based case management supervision strategies;
- Utilizing half-way back programs to more effectively address technical violations for drug and alcohol use;
- Ensuring healthcare access for all parolees;
- Pursuing American Correctional Association accreditation;
- Implementing a validated risk assessment tool in the decision-making process;
- Improving staff training;
- Enhancing victim services outreach and education; and
- Undergoing 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:
- Strategic Objectives - making sure all agency initiatives are based on strategic objectives that are evidence-based and measurable;
- Mission-Driven Focus - ensuring that all operations are managed based on measurable outcomes focused on our core responsibility to improve public safety;
- Accountability - holding all staff, vendors, partners and clients accountable for their respective responsibilities;
- Return on Investment - evaluating the value of initiatives and operations using a business model that assesses cost, sustainability and validated outcomes;
- Transparency - 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.