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The central State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision offices are in the Dome Building in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The central State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision offices are in the Dome Building in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision works in partnership with the Department of Corrections and local supervisory authorities to protect the public and reduce the risk of repeat criminal behavior. The board imposes prison terms and makes release decisions for offenders whose criminal conduct occurred prior to November 1, 1989. The board sets conditions of supervision for all offenders being released from prison, imposes sanctions for violations of supervision and determines whether discharge from parole supervision is compatible with public safety. Discharge from supervision for offenders sentenced under sentencing guidelines occurs automatically upon expiration of the statutory period of post-prison supervision. The board’s decisions are based on applicable laws, victims’ interests, public safety and the recognized principles of offender behavioral change.

The full-time board was authorized in 1969. In 1975, the board was enlarged to five members, with the stipulation that at least one member must be a woman. The membership was reduced to three in 1992. The governor appoints the members for four-year terms and also determines the chair and vice-chair. Board staff consists of an executive director, a supervising executive assistant and 12 support staff.

In 2013, legislation was passed for implementing a sex offender notification system. This system improves community education and notification of high risk registered sex offenders in Oregon, as well as introduce opportunities for low risk offenders to be reclassified to a lower notification level and/or receive relief from registration if they meet statutory requirements. In the 2013–2015 and 2015–2017 biennia, the board is responsible for completing risk assessments and assigning notification levels for over 4,000 registered sex offenders. In January 2017, the board will begin conducting hearings to determine eligibility for reclassification and/or relief from registration for offenders who meet requirements.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 2575 Center St. NE, Suite 100, Salem 97301-4621
Telephone: 503-945-9009
Fax: 503-373-7558
Contact: Brenda Carney, Executive Director; Michael Wu, Board Chair
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Perry R. Waddell
Records Officer Email:
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 144
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog