In 2003, the Board of Parole became a separate operating agency. The Board conducts executive session inmate hearings for all Wyoming felony inmates, which entails two hearings per month during most months of the year. Additionally, the Board conducts quarterly public business meetings each year.
The Board acts as a decision-making authority regarding:
Granting of parole releasing inmates to community supervision or to consecutive sentences or sentences in other states (detainer)
Setting conditions of parole
Revocations of parole based on violations of conditions
Commutation recommendations to the Governor
Removal and withholding of good time credits from inmates as a sanction for misbehavior or refusal to participate in rehabilitative programs
Restoration of voting rights to qualifying felons.
Additionally, the Board provides notification and information to certified victims of parole hearings and other related matters, and provides the opportunity for victims to provide input that is factored into the parole decisions.
Informed decisions regarding the release of inmates are based on:
Assessed risks and needs
Participation in responsive programs while incarcerated
Likelihood of successful adjustment to the community and other relevant factors
Structuring release plans with conditions designed to ensure successful re-entry into the community with appropriate levels of supervision and services.
The mission of the Board is to conduct prompt, fair, impartial hearings on the matters brought to its attention and take appropriate action. Consideration will be given to public safety, victims, and the treatment and control of the offender.