We take our commitment to serving victims very seriously. The Parole Commission Victim Coordinator provides support and facilitation for victims of offenders involved in the parole process. Our Victim Coordinator is an information source to victims, notifying them of their rights, of upcoming hearings, and of Commission decisions. They provide support to victims through the parole hearing and parole release processes and acts as a liaison between victims and the Commissioners.
- The Victim Coordinator will attend the hearing with you and provide support to you, your family and other involved parties.
- The Victim Coordinator will help you navigate through the parole hearing process.
- If you do not wish to attend the hearing, the Victim Coordinator will relay any information your provide in reference to the impact the crime has had on you and your life, and ensure your letters are not shared with the offender.
- The Victim Coordinator does not have access to, nor can discuss an offender’s institutional behavior, programming notes or medical history.
- The Victim Coordinator can discuss custody location, hearing dates, hearing outcomes and release dates when available.
What do the Commissioners consider when making the decision to parole offender, or not? In Idaho there is no right to parole. Parole consideration is determined by the individual merits of each case. The Commission uses evidence based parole consideration factors that are embedded in the clear parole guidelines which include the use of a validated risk and needs assessment. The Commission retains the discretion to deny parole of individual cases based on countervailing, discrete, individual case factors. Factors considered include, but are not limited to:
- Prior criminal history
- Institutional behavior
- Seriousness of the crime and aggravation or mitigation involved in the crime
- Failure or success of past probation and parole
- Evidence of the development of a positive social attitude and the willingness to fulfill the obligations of a good citizen
- Information or reports regarding physical or psychological condition
- Strength and stability of the proposed parole plan
- Program completion
- Any other individual factors that bear on whether a release to parole is appropriate.