Parole Hearings

The Department of Correction prepares inmates for parole by providing programs, but the decision to parole an inmate is made by the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. The Commission is a separate agency with a director and commission members appointed by the Governor.

The commission website includes hearing dates and information on preparing for a parole. Requests specific to the parole decisions should be directed to the commission.

When an inmate receives parole they are placed under the jurisdiction of the IDOC Bureau of Probation and Parole for supervision. The Bureau of Probation and Parole has standards of supervision based upon the offender's risk.

Idaho law allows for pardons. While rarely used, Idaho pardons are administered through the Commission of Pardons and Parole.

Idaho law provides for sentences with a determinate and indeterminate length. Determinate means fixed. The parole commission can not release an inmate while they are on the fixed portion of their sentence. Indeterminate time can be served in prison or on parole.

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