Whether you oppose an offender's release or testify in favor of it, you are assisting the Board in reaching a decision that honors the facts of the case and brings justice to the victims, the offender, and the Commonwealth.
The following is designed to provide you with guidance on how to conduct yourself during what might be an unfamiliar and intimidating experience. Your cooperation and adherence to the Board's rules and procedures will help to ensure that the proceeding runs smoothly and that your views are heard.
The Parole Board encourages your participation. Input from all parties will promote a fair proceeding for everyone involved.
1. Dress in an appropriate manner. Halter tops, shorts, worn out jeans, hats, and Tshirts are not appropriate. Do not chew gum, eat, or drink during the proceeding.
2. Be on time. If you delay the proceeding, you risk decreasing your involvement in it.
3. Do not bring children unless they are a part of the process. Parole proceedings are not appropriate for children. Please arrange for child care.
5. Wait for direction from Parole Board Members or staff on where to sit. Parole hearings and proceedings have specific seating arrangements for all parties involved. There will be no physical contact allowed with the offender.
6. Parole Board Members or staff will direct you when you have an opportunity to speak. Never argue or discuss proceedings with other parties in the room, unless directed by the Parole Board. You should always speak directly to the Parole Board.
8. Speak clearly and loud enough to be heard by all. All Parole Board proceedings are recorded. Please do not nod or shake your head when answering questions. Also, please be direct and to the point when responding.
9. Always address the Parole Board Members as "Sir or Madam Board Member" Please be respectful of the importance of the proceeding.
If a proceeding is conducted in an orderly fashion, it is more likely that it will be fair to all parties involved.
10. Depart promptly. Do not talk as you leave the
proceeding. Do not gather to discuss the proceeding right outside the door or speak to the other presenting parties. Many proceedings are scheduled during the day, you may interfere with one of them.
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