Bills push key changes for state Parole Board

The state Parole Board would get an executive director, and members would no longer get a salary, only per diem and travel expenses, under a bill filed Monday in the state Legislature.

Another proposal would require inmates to serve one-third of their sentences before becoming eligible for parole instead of the current one-fourth.

Also, the bill says the corrections commissioner would have to recommend an inmate for parole to the Parole Board. Currently, the board gets status reports from inmates’ case managers, unit administrators and others in considering whether to grant parole.

Clarion Ledger
2/20/12