h_jud_2016a_2017-01-04t08:35:00z5 Hearing Summary
State Board of Parole Presentation Pursuant to Section 17-2-201 (3.5) C.R.S
COMMITTEE ON JOINT JUDICIARY
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06:14 PM -- State Board of Parole Presentation Pursuant to Section 17-2-201 (3.5), C.R.S.
Mr. Joe Morales, Chairperson, State Board of Parole, made a presentation to the committee. The Parole Board (board) distributed a Clarification of Information Provided in the CLEAR Act Report (Attachment G) and the board's annual report (Attachment H). Mr. Morales introduced his staff and the members of the board. Mr. Morales was joined by Vice Chairperson Rebecca Oakes. Mr. Morales walked the committee through the annual report, discussing the constitution and functions of the board.
Mr. Morales continued to brief the committee on the contents of Attachment H, discussing the hearing process. Mr. Morales responded to questions regarding how closely the board follows release guidelines, and the rate of release as compared to parole deferral.
Mr. Morales returned to briefing the committee based upon Attachment H, picking up with early parole discharge hearings. Ms. Anne Andrews, Statistical Analyst for the board, responded to questions regarding revocation hearing statistics. Discussion ensued regarding these statistics.
Mr. Morales returned to briefing the committee based upon Attachment H, picking up with prison return rates. Mr. Morales made some closing remarks. Ms. Oakes reported on presumptive parole as guided by legislation.
Ms. Denise Balazic, board member, invited committee members to attend a parole board hearing. Discussion ensued regarding efforts on the part of the board to ensure reintegration of minority offenders into society. Discussion followed regarding a particular case of early release from prison. The following person testified regarding the board:
07:16 PM -- Ms. Dena McClung, representing herself, raised some issues about certain statistics cited and assertions made by the board. Committee members received copies of Ms. McClung's testimony from earlier in the day (Attachment I).
The committee adjourned.