Violation Hearings

Conditions of supervision are very important. These are the rules that must be followed by offenders on parole (PRE offenders) or community custody (CCB offenders). They may be put in place by the sentencing Court or the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB or Board).

Supervision in the community helps guide offenders toward success. Conditions also set direction for Department of Corrections (DOC) supervision of offenders. "Violations" of the conditions of supervision call for timely and fitting responses. When DOC staff believes an offender has broken one of these rules, the ISRB is notified. ISRB and DOC follow set procedures for dealing with violations.

Violation Hearing Process

  • DOC staff becomes aware of a possible violation.
  • The offender is arrested and held in jail.
  • DOC staff informs ISRB of the arrest
  • DOC staff gives the offender necessary paper work and writes a violation report.
  • ISRB staff determines that there is "probable cause" to go ahead with a hearing.
  • A hearing date is set, and arrangements are made for necessary people to attend.
  • A Board Member, or someone the Board designates, holds the hearing to help decide:
    • Did the offender violate a condition of supervision?
    • If so, what is the correct response to the offender's actions?
  • The Board published the "Findings and Conclusions" from the hearing. This document details both the offender's behavior and the Board's response.

Board Response Methods

  • Stipulated Agreement - This is a resolution of violation behavior, available for CCB offenders only, that relies upon community corrections officer judgment. The agreement must be approved by the Board.
  • Board Warning - A warning is often the Board's first resort for a minor or "technical" violation.
  • Continue Supervision, with or without added conditions - This is often the response when the offender's actions do not increase the risk to public safety. It can give the offender more help or direction.
  • Revocation and Return to Prison - The Board uses revocation when the risk to the community is high and return to prison is necessary.