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BOARD OF PAROLE AND POST-PRISON SUPERVISION

 

DIVISION 40

PERSONAL REVIEWS AND REDUCTIONS IN PRISON TERMS

255-040-0005

Scheduling of Personal Reviews

(1) The Board may reduce an established prison term, as defined in OAR 255-005-0005, after a personal review.

(2) The Board may conduct personal reviews every three years for those inmates whose crimes were committed prior to November 1, 1989. The review period shall begin on the original adjusted commitment date on an uninterrupted period of incarceration.

(3) Inmates with an established prison term of 36 months or less may be eligible for a personal review after they have served at least six months of their established prison term within a Department of Corrections institution.

(4) The Board will only conduct a personal review after it has received a positive recommendation for a reduction in the prison term from the Department of Corrections.

(5) Inmates sentenced for aggravated murder or as dangerous offenders, and those whose parole the Board denied are not subject to personal reviews. Dangerous offenders may be eligible for personal reviews upon receipt of a positive recommendation from the Department of Corrections, if the Board has found their condition absent or in remission and has set a parole release date.

(6) After the Department of Corrections sends a recommendation, the Board may accept another recommendation for the period under review.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 144.122 & ORS 144.226
Stats. Implemented: ORS 144.122 & ORS 144.126
Hist.: 2PB 1-1979, f. & ef. 2-1-79; 2PB 14-1981(Temp), f. & ef. 11-25-81; 2PB 1-1982, f. & ef. 5-19-82; 2PB 11-1985, f. & ef. 5-31-85; PAR 3-1988(Temp), f. 3-30-88, ef. 4-4-88; PAR 6-1988, f. & ef. 5-19-88; PAR 16-1988(Temp), f. & ef. 10-4-88; PAR 18-1988, f. & ef. 12-6-88; PAR 4-1989, f. & ef. 11-1-89; PAR 3-1990, f. 6-29-90, cert. ef. 7-1-90; PAR 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-13-92; PAR 7-1992(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-29-92; PAR 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-9-92; PAR 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-99

255-040-0010

Procedure for Personal Reviews

(1) A panel or the Full Board shall conduct personal review hearings pursuant to OAR 255-030-0015.

(2) The Board may conduct personal reviews administratively.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 144.025
Stats. Implemented: ORS 144
Hist.: 2PB 1-1979, f. & ef. 2-1-79; 2PB 11-1985, f. & ef. 5-31-85; 2PB 2-1986(Temp), f. & ef. 11-13-86; 2PB 3-1986(Temp), f. & ef. 12-2-86; PAR 3-1990, f. 6-29-90, cert. ef. 7-1-90; PAR 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-13-92; PAR 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-99

255-040-0023

Less Than 36 Month Prison Term Reductions

(1) By letter of agreement, the Board may authorize the Department of Corrections to apply the same criteria and percentage reductions to an offender's prison term as the Department applies to offenders earning credit toward their determinate sentences under Sentencing Guidelines' rules. The authorization shall apply only to offenders:

(a) With an established prison term of 36 months or less; and

(b) Who have served at least six months in Department of Correction's custody; and

(c) Who display an extended course of conduct indicating outstanding reformation.

(2) If the Department of Corrections recommends an earned credit reduction under this rule, the Board may administratively adjust the prison term when the Department of Corrections notifies the Board that credit has been earned.

(3) The Board shall apply the criteria listed in OAR 255-040-0025(2).

(4) If the Board previously upheld a judicially ordered minimum sentence, the Board shall not reduce the prison term to less than the minimum sentence except as provided by OAR 255-040-0028.

(5) Inmates serving sanctions for parole violations are not eligible for a reduction.

(6) If the Board previously ordered parole release postponement pursuant to ORS 144.125(3), the inmate is not eligible for a reduction.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 144.122 & ORS 144.780
Stats. Implemented: ORS 144.125(3)
Hist.: PAR 7-1992(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-29-93; PAR 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-9-92; PAR 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-99

255-040-0025

Resetting the Parole Release Date to an Earlier Date

(1) For inmates with an established prison term greater than 36 months who demonstrate an extended course of conduct indicating outstanding reformation, the Board may grant a reduction of up to seven months for each three-year period under review. The inmate shall first serve the three-year period before the Board will review it.

(2) The purpose of a personal review hearing shall be to determine:

(a) Whether continued incarceration is cruel and inhumane;

(b) Whether resetting the release date to an earlier date is compatible with the best interests of the inmate and society; and

(c) Whether the inmate's progress indicates outstanding reformation so as to warrant a reduction in the prison term under the following criteria:

(A) The individual merits of each case;

(B) The seriousness of the crime;

(C) The protection of the public;

(D) Demonstrable achievement in dealing with problems present at the time of incarceration and associated with criminal conduct (e.g., psychological disorder, drug or alcohol dependency, lack of educational or vocational skills);

(E) Documented cooperation with authorities while in custody where a substantial benefit is derived by the authorities; and

(F) The absence of disciplinary actions resulting from violation of rules within the review period.

(d) That appropriate supervision and services are available for the particular inmate and to order supervision conditions.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 144.122 & ORS 144.126
Stats. Implemented: ORS 144.122 & ORS 144.126
Hist.: 2PB 1-979, f. & ef. 2-1-79; 2PB 14-1981(Temp), f. & ef. 11-25-81; 2PB 1-1982, f. & ef. 5-19-82; 2PB 11-1985, f. & ef. 5-31-85; PAR 3-1988(Temp), f. 3-30-88, ef. 4-4-88; PAR 6-1988, f. & ef. 5-19-88; PAR 18-1988, f. & ef. 12-6-88; PAR 3-1990, f. 6-29-90, cert. ef. 7-1-90; PAR 7-1992(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-29-92; PAR 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-9-92; PAR 4-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-29-93; PAR 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-99

255-040-0026

Effect of Minimum Terms on Reductions

(1) If the inmate has a judicial minimum sentence greater than 36 months, which the Board previously upheld pursuant to ORS 144.110 or ORS 163.115, the Board must overturn the minimum before it can grant a reduction from the previously established term.

(2) If the inmate has a mandatory minimum sentence pursuant to ORS 161.610, the Board cannot grant a reduction below the mandatory minimum sentence and the statutory reduction for good time, except as provided in OAR 255-040-0028.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 144.122, ORS 144.126, ORS 144.110, ORS 163.115 & ORS 161.610
Stats. Implemented: ORS 144.110, ORS 144.122, ORS 144.126 & ORS 163.115
Hist.: PAR 3-1988(Temp), f. 3-30-88, ef. 4-4-88; PAR 6-1988, f. & ef. 5-19-88; PAR 6-1991, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-91; PAR 7-1992(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-29-92; PAR 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-9-92; PAR 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-99

255-040-0027

Special Request Reductions

(1) Upon the institution superintendent and Director of the Department of Correction's special request for a reduction in the prison term, a Board majority may schedule a hearing or may consider the request administratively.

(2) The criteria for a special request reduction shall be:

(a) Demonstrated outstanding reformation using the criteria in OAR 255-040-0025(3); and

(b) Documented cooperation with authorities contributed significantly to the safety and security of the facility; or

(c) Cooperation with law enforcement officials results in the apprehension, interruption and conviction of persons involved in significant ongoing criminal activity.

(3) The inmate shall have the burden of establishing that his/her conduct meets the criteria for any reduction under consideration.

(4) The Board shall have discretion to reduce the prison term by the number of months it finds the behavior merits that is also compatible with the health and safety of the offender and the community.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 144.122 & ORS 144.126
Stats. Implemented: ORS 144.122 & ORS 144.126
Hist.: PAR 3-1990, f. 6-29-90, cert. ef. 7-1-90; PAR 1-1992, f. & cert. ef. 1-13-92; PAR 8-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-9-92; PAR 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-99

255-040-0028

Reductions for a Severe Medical Condition or Incapacitated Elderly Person

(1) Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4) of this rule, the Board may consider reductions in prison terms when any inmate, regardless of whether they committed their crime before or after November 1, 1989, is suffering from a severe medical condition or is elderly and is permanently incapacitated and is unable to move from place to place without the assistance of another. The following information must accompany a request for reduction:

(a) A medical authority's report, which attests to validity of the condition with reasons why continued incarceration would be cruel and inhumane; and

(b) The institution superintendent's recommendation; and

(c) The Department of Corrections Director's recommendation regarding whether resetting the release date to an earlier date is compatible with the best interests of the inmate and society; and

(d) The Governor's commutation for those sentenced to life in prison or death for aggravated murder.

(2) If a hearing may threaten the health and safety of the inmate or the Board, the Board shall consider the reduction administratively and may grant it upon an affirmative majority vote.

(3) For inmates sentenced under Ballot Measure 11 (ORS 137.700), the Board has no authority to grant an early release due to a medical condition.

(4) For inmates who committed their crime(s) after June 12, 1997, if the sentencing order states that the inmate is not entitled to any form of early release, the Board has no authority to grant an early release date due to a medical condition. If a sentencing order states that the inmate is eligible for early release, the Board may grant an early release due to a medical condition as provided in this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 144.122, ORS 144.126 & ORS 161.610
Stats. Implemented: ORS 144.122 & ORS 144.126
Hist.: PAR 3-1988(Temp), f. 3-30-88, ef. 4-4-88; PAR 6-1988, f. & ef. 5-19-88; PAR 4-1989, f. & ef. 11-1-89; PAR 3-1990, f. 6-29-90, cert. ef. 7-1-90; PAR 6-1991, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-91; PAR 4-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-29-93; PAR 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-99

255-040-0035

Notice; Disclosure; Record

The notice, disclosure, and record making provisions of Division 30 shall apply to all hearings, and reviews granted under this Division.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 144.120(3), ORS 144.120(7), ORS 144.122, ORS 144.123, ORS 144.126, ORS 144.130 & ORS 144.135
Stats. Implemented: ORS 144
Hist.: 2PB 1-1979, f. & ef. 2-1-79; PAR 3-1988(Temp), f. 3-30-88, ef. 4-4-88; PAR 6-1988, f. & ef. 5-19-88; PAR 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-99

255-040-0040

Personal Review Packets

The Personal Review Packet shall contain:

(1) Institution face sheet;

(2) All Board Action Forms since the prison term hearing;

(3) Psychological evaluations (last 6 months);

(4) Recommendation to reset the release date to an earlier date;

(5) Correspondence;

(6) Field parole analysis report or report of similar content; and

(7) Court orders.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 144.120(3), ORS 144.122, ORS 144.123, ORS 144.126, ORS 144.130 & ORS 144.135
Stats. Implemented: ORS 144
Hist.: PAR 3-1988(Temp), f. 3-30-88, ef. 4-4-88; PAR 6-1988, f. & ef. 5-19-88; PAR 4-1989, f. & ef. 11-1-89; PAR 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-99

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