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Commission COVID-19 Public Inquiries

The Commission of Pardons and Parole will contribute to public safety by utilizing sound, professional judgment, and evidence-based parole decision-making practices. We have had an overwhelming number of letters, emails, and phone calls about individual cases. We are trying our best to respond to everyone, but it may take additional time to get back to you because of the large number of contacts we are getting. Please be patient. Rumors about early release have been circulating among the public and we are receiving many calls about it. In Idaho, the only way someone can get an early release, or, in other words, a modification of the sentence the judge gave them, is to request a commutation. The Commission was already scheduled prior to the outbreak to review commutation petitions with the full Commission in April and will continue to do that. Those petitions were received between January and the first of March. Those who have not submitted petitions can do so by contacting their case manager, but those will not be reviewed until the next full Commission meeting. At this time, the Commission is systematically looking at options for people who are currently parole eligible.  We are applying a structured approach to reviewing those cases.  The Commission is not accepting requests for specific cases to be reviewed. As decisions are finalized, they are communicated to the case managers and the schedule on our website is updated. It’s important to note that parole decisions remain individualized and based on the facts of their case, as they always are. People who are granted parole still have to complete programming and have an approved release plan, as has always been required. Thank you for your understanding as we work through this process.

Our Mission

The Commission of Pardons and Parole will contribute to public safety by utilizing sound, professional judgment, and evidence-based parole decision-making practices.

The Commission of Pardons and Parole is composed of 37 staff members and seven (7) part-time Commissioners. Parole in Idaho is not presumptive – the Commissioners retain full discretion in parole decision making. In addition to making decisions as to whether to grant, deny, or revoke parole, the Commission also decides whether to grant petitions for pardon, commutation, and restoration of firearm rights. Commission hearing sessions are held in Boise during a 2-3 week period each month and are open to the public.

COVID-19 HEARING PROCESSES

The Commission of Pardons and Parole has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and modifying hearing processes accordingly. On March 18th, Governor Little issued a proclamation stating that for the duration of the emergency declaration related to COVID-19, the portion of the Open Meetings Act that requires public agencies to have a physical location for public meetings is suspended. All other requirements remain in place, including providing the public with the ability to attend public meetings by telecommunication devices.   The public’s ability to safely attend hearings during the COVID outbreak is of utmost importance to the Commission. For more information on attending hearings, WebEx, daily hearings order, please click here. 

Contact Information:
Phone: (208) 334-2520
Fax: (208) 334-3501
Parole Hearing and General Agency Related Matters:  paroleweb@idoc.idaho.gov
Parole Violation/Revocation Related Matters:  paroleviolations@idoc.idaho.gov
Public Information Requests:  paroleweb@idoc.idaho.gov
Victim Questions/Concerns:  parolevictimservices@idoc.idaho.gov
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