PAROLE HEARING VISITOR INSTRUCTIONS
- Persons who want to participate in a hearing shall notify the Commission staff five (5) days in advance of the scheduled hearing, but children under the age of sixteen (16) may NOT be allowed to attend the hearings without prior approval of the executive director.
- The Commission will conduct each hearing by interviewing the inmate. Each Commissioner will have an opportunity to ask questions and/or provide comments. The Executive Director or other staff of the Commission may provide information during the hearing or ask questions as are deemed necessary.
- If the inmate is represented by an attorney, the Commission will allow the attorney a designated time frame in which to provide information to the Commission. As time is limited, the Commission will advise of the length of time allowed.
- Parole, commutation, or pardon hearings are not judicial proceedings and cross-examination by attorneys is not allowed.
- The Commission attempts to give priority to hearings with security issues; or the presence of victims, attorneys, and/or visitors. If you must leave by a certain time, please inform an officer. The officer will inform the Commission. While there is no guarantee that hearings will be conducted with this priority, every attempt will be made to do so.
- Due to time constraints, the Commission may only allow one (1) witness of family or friends of the inmate to testify. Those who provide testimony will be allotted one (1) minute per person and will be taken at the direction of the Commission (at the beginning or end of the hearing).
- Victims will be allowed to testify. Victim testimony is normally taken following comments of an attorney and family or friends of the inmate.
- All persons who testify will direct their comments to the Commission. Please keep your comments to the appropriateness of parole from your perspective when testifying. The Commission may question anyone who provides testimony and may ask questions of anyone who appears at the hearing.
- Department of Correction personnel are invited to attend any hearing, following established Department and Commission policy.
- Following the conclusion of the hearing and testimony of witnesses, everyone but the Commission and Commission staff will leave the hearing room for the Commission’s deliberation on the case.
- Once the deliberation is completed, all witnesses (victims, attorneys, visitors, the inmate, and security staff) are asked back into the hearing room. The decision of the Commission will be given at that time. The Commission does not allow debate of their decision nor additional comments from anyone unless the Commission specifically requests them.
- All persons attending any hearing will conduct themselves in a respectful manner and will not disrupt the proceedings.
- In compliance with the Idaho Indoor Air Act, smoking is not permitted in the hearing room, hallways, restrooms, or the lobby area of the hearing facility.
- No food or drink will be allowed in the hearing room during hearings, other than refreshments provided to the commissioners, staff and designated others.
- Purses and other belongings shall be left in locked vehicles and not brought into the institution.
- No testimony will be permitted by visitors without prior permission of the Executive Director or at the request of the Commissioners.
- Media personnel will not be allowed to utilize the meeting area, which may disrupt the hearing, to interview inmates, attorneys or witnesses prior to, during or after the hearing. Arrangements for interviewing the Commissioners or staff should be made in advance.
- No one under sixteen (16) years of age will be allowed to attend the hearings without the prior approval of the Executive Director of the Commission.
- Visitors will be properly groomed: No tank tops, halter tops, see-through clothing, mini skirts, mini dresses, bare midriffs, cut-offs, shorts or bare feet will be allowed. Please click here for more information regarding the Idaho Department of Correction Visitor Dress Code, specifically section (6) regarding Attire and Grooming. Failing to abide by this dress code can result in the visitor being turned away.
- Visitors and media personnel may be screened through metal detectors and are subject to search per Department of Correction policy.
- Visitors and media personnel violating these rules of conduct may be removed for at least the remainder of the day. Rules will be enforced at the direction of the Commission or security staff and, if not adhered to, the proceedings will be stopped and will commence only at the direction of the Commission.
- Capacity of the hearing room shall not exceed fire and safety codes.
- There will be no physical contact between visitors and inmates/parolees at any parole or other hearing.
RULES OF CONDUCT