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Program D: Parole Board

Program Authorization: R.S. 15:574.2-574.141; R.S. 36:409; R.S. 15:111; Hayes Williams, et al v. John McKeithen, et al CA 71-98-b (M.D. La.)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Parole Board, whose seven members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate, determines the time and conditions of releases on parole of all adult offenders who are eligible for parole; determines and imposes sanctions for violations of parole; and cooperates with the criminal justice and corrections systems. The board also administers medical parole and revocations.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Parole Board Program will provide for reintegration of offenders into society in a manner consistent with public safety.

TRENDS IN PAROLE BOARD ACTIVITIES

 

1991-92

1992-93

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

Number of parole hearings 1

2,863

2,958

3,049

3,213

3,185

3,158

Number of paroles granted

1,766

1,902

1,998

2,121

1,721

1,585

Percentage of parole requests granted

61.68%

64.30%

65.53%

66.01%

54.03%

50.18%

Number of parole revocation hearings 1

607

872

859

1,256

1,463

1,682

Number of paroles revoked with hearings

491

607

686

1,089

1,277

1,277

Percentage of parole revocation hearings that resulted in revocation

80.89%

69.61%

79.86%

86.70%

87.29%

75.92%

Number of paroles revoked without hearings2

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

2,644

2,644

Number of medical paroles

4

11

8

4

0

0

1 Videoconferencing is an innovative communication technology in which televised transmissions are made possible between two points. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections continues to utilize Videoconferencing to enable the Parole Board to conduct hearings, from the board's domicile in Baton Rouge, with parole candidates and violators in institutions at distant sites. Videoconferencing sites are the headquarters complex in Baton Rouge, Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center in DeQuincy, Caddo Correctional Center in Caddo Parish, and Orleans Parish Prison. The program is intended to enhance public safety and reduce travel cost and time and permit regionalized parole and revocation hearings.

2 This is a new performance indicator. Data for this indicator were not reported prior to FY 1995-96.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded entirely with state general fund.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$525,032

$525,032

13

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$525,032

$525,032

13

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$11,657

$11,657

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-Recurring: -$6,143; Replacement/New: +$17,800)

$8,987

$8,987

0

 

Annualization of 1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$4,050

$4,050

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($31,421)

($31,421)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($2,423)

($2,423)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

 

 

 

 

 

$515,882

$515,882

13

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($9,150)

($9,150)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDATION AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 98.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 85.4% of the total request ($604,145) for this program. The recommended decrease is primarily due to the attrition adjustment.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

This program does not have funding for Other Charges for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$17,800

 

Replace one vehicle and various pieces of office equipment

 

 

 

$17,800

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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