State of Nebraska

BOARD OF PAROLE

About

Mission Statement

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.
 

Vision Statement

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.

 


 

History

Statutory Reference
Nebraska Constitution, Article IV, Section 13; and 83-188
 

Historical Data
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 referred to the Parole Administration Office within the Department of Correctional Services to obtain approved residence and employment. A Parole Administrator, approved by the Board of Parole, manages the Parole Administration Office.

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, and one must have a professional background in corrections. The Governor designates one Board Member as Chairperson.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions
 

  • What Is Parole?
     
    • Parole is a PRIVILEGE which may be granted to an offender to serve a portion of the court-imposed sentence under supervision in the community.

       

  • What is the purpose of Parole?
     
    • Parole is a RIGHT of society and PRIVILEGE for the offender. The purpose of parole is to protect the rights of society and to provide assistance to the offender, under a period of supervision, to re-enter the mainstream of society as a productive, law-abiding citizen. Parole does not release the offender from the court sentence.
       
  • How does an offender apply for Parole?
     
    • An offender does not apply for parole. After reaching the earliest parole eligibility date, parole is discretionary and based upon the initiative of the Board. 
       
  • What is the Parole Process?
     
    • Offenders are scheduled for an initial Offender Board Review within the first year of incarceration. At an Offender Board Review, the Board may set a Parole Hearing for possible release OR defer the case for future review purposes. 
       
  • Can the public attend Offender Board Reviews?
     
    • No. Offender Board Reviews are confidential interviews conducted between the Board and the offender. They are not open to anyone other than the Board, its staff, Department of Correctional Services staff, and the offender.
       
  • Can the public attend Parole Hearings and Violation of Parole Hearings?
     
    • Yes. Parole Hearings and Violation of Parole Hearings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to appear on behalf of, or in opposition to, an offender's release on parole is welcome to attend.

 

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Nebraska Board of Parole Members
 

Name Term Expires
Rosalyn Cotton, Chair 09/09/2020
Rex Richard, Vice Chair 09/09/2018
Layne Gissler, Member 09/09/2023
Teresa Bittinger, Member 09/09/2019
Virgil Patlan, Member 09/09/2021