The state Parole Board voted in a special meeting Monday to adopt policy changes including new deadlines for parole revocation hearings and greater use of alternative sentencing.
Under the new policies, when a parolee commits a violation, the person’s parole officer must prepare a violation report within three days of the decision to seek a hearing, and the Parole Board must issue a warrant, if appropriate, within two days of receiving the report.
A parole revocation hearing must be held within 14 days of a parolee’s arrest. Within 21 days of the hearing, the judge must provide a hearing report, including the judge’s finding, to the parolee and the Parole Board.
The shorter deadlines are designed to comply with Act 1239 of this year. They will go into effect July 22.
The new policies also require a hearing judge to consider alternatives to incarceration and allow the Parole Board or the judge to order a parole violator to complete a boot camp program administered by the state Department of Correction.