It is the mission of the Nebraska Board of Parole and the Division of Parole Supervision to continue its research, understanding and implementation of evidence-based approaches as it pertains to the release of clients who have appropriately been prepared for community supervision. The Board and the Division of Parole Supervision are dedicated to maintaining public safety, reducing recidivism and addressing the need of victims, while integrating clients into society through a balance of best practice supervision and treatment strategies.
The Nebraska Board of Parole and Division of Parole Supervision are committed to serving and protecting the public. The Board will strive to make informed and appropriate parole decisions by giving due consideration to and utilizing the resources of the Division of Parole Supervision, including innovative case management, for the successful re-entry of clients back into the community to become productive and responsible citizens.
Nebraska Constitution, Article IV, Section 13; and Neb. Rev. Stat. 83-188
The Board of Parole was created as an independent agency by constitutional amendment in 1968.
The Board reviews the status of committed offenders; determines when committed offenders are released on parole; fixes parole conditions, and may revoke parole and issue warrants to arrest parole violators; discharges an offender upon expiration of the parole term; visits and inspects state and local prisons or jails; and recommends parole legislation to the Governor.
The Board meets daily to review inmate cases to determine readiness for release into society on parole. If an offender is granted parole, he or she is supervised in the community by the Board's Division of Parole Supervision. The Director of Supervision and Services, hired by the Board of Parole, manages the Division of Parole Supervision.
The Board advises the Board of Pardons--composed of the Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State--on the merits of any application for remission, respite, reprieve, pardon, or commutation. This advice is not binding.
The Board, consisting of five full-time members, are appointed by the Governor to six-year terms with legislative approval. By law, Board Members must be of good character and just temperament. At least one Board Member must be a minority, one must be a female, and one must have a professional background in corrections. The Governor designates one Board Member as Chairperson.
Nebraska Board of Parole Members
|Rosalyn Cotton, Chair||09/09/2026|
|Layne Gissler, Vice Chair||09/09/2023|
|Virgil Patlan, Member||09/09/2021|
|Bob Twiss, Member||09/09/2024|
|Mark Langan, Member||09/09/2025|