2017 Legislature Restructures Board of Pardons & Parole
Senate Bill 64, passed by the 2017 Legislature, substantially changed Montana’s Board of Pardons and Parole. Most notably, SB 64 created a full-time, five-member professional board.
SB 64 also charged the Board with adopting guidelines to structure and guide parole decisions and release conditions. The guidelines must include consideration of an inmate’s:
- risk and needs levels, as determined by a validated risk and needs assessment
- participation in risk-reducing programs and treatment
- institutional behavior as reflected by disciplinary records
- offense severity
Welcome to the Board of Pardons and Parole website. This site is designed to provide valuable, easy-to-use information and to answer common questions about the Board and the critical work it does.
The Board’s primary responsibility in making decisions about parole and executive clemency is public safety. Montana law states that the board may release any person committed to prison when the Board believes:
- the person is able and willing to fulfill the obligations of a law-abiding citizen and
- the inmate can be released without detriment to the inmate or to the community.
Parole and executive clemency are privileges, not rights, earned by inmates convicted of felony crimes. As part of the criminal justice system, the Board is doing its part by following the appropriate laws, releasing deserving offenders to community placements, and keeping undeserving or dangerous inmates in prison. The Board also promptly returns to custody offenders who prove to be unwilling to abide by the conditions of their release.
Parole Board Members
Parole Board Members
|Scott Cruse - Acting Chair
The Board has two staff:
- Cathy Leaver, Administrative Specialist
- Lisa Wirth, Administrative Assistant
The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole has been accredited every three years by the American Correctional Association since 2001. The most recent accreditation report is available online.
Contact the Board
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to write, email or phone the Board’s office.