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Administrative Rule 20.25.201
The principal objective of the board is to affect the release from confinement of appropriate eligible offenders before the completion of the full term of commitment while still fully protecting society. A hearing panel may only grant a release when, in the panel's opinion, there is a reasonable probability it can release the offender without detriment to the offender or the community. When a hearing panel grants a release the offender is subject to the conditions imposed by the panel and the supervision authorized by governing statutes, rules and policies of the department. The board will conduct business fairly and consistently and the board's hearing panels will base decisions on public safety concerns, successful offender reentry, and sensible use of state resources.
An offender must serve the statutorily or court-imposed amount of time before the board may consider the offender for release. Release before the offender serves the entire sentence is a privilege, not a right. A hearing panel may only grant a release for the best interest of society and when the panel believes the offender is able and willing to fulfill the obligations of a law-abiding citizen and not as an award of clemency or a reduction of sentence or pardon.
If the department, after it utilizes its screening process, transfers an offender from prison to pre-release or a community-based treatment program before the offender is eligible for parole,when the offender is eligible for parole, a hearing panel, after review of the entire offender file or summary, will conduct an impartial hearing.
Board members and designated staff will participate in federal, state, and regional criminal justice planning efforts and meet periodically with relevant criminal justice personnel. (History: 46-23-218, MCA;
, 46-23-218, MCA; Eff. 12/31/72;
, 1978 MAR p. 1552, Eff. 12/1/78;
, 1993 MAR p. 297, Eff. 2/26/93;
, 1994 MAR p. 168, Eff. 1/28/94;
, 1999 MAR p. 290, Eff. 2/12/99;
, 2010 MAR p. 2816, Eff. 12/10/10;
, 2012 MAR p. 1619 Eff. 8/10/12.)