Parole was first documented in 1910; it was based on the "good time" statute, with the goal of reducing inmates' sentences with approval from the warden. Over the past century, parole has become situated in the larger context of community corrections. The use and abolition of parole have ebbed and flowed, often at least in part with response to our social priorities. 'Get tough on crime' advocates disfavored the use of parole and other early release mechanisms, while the crisis of mass incarceration has been an impetus for its return.
State parole boards are vested with decision-making powers that have implications for the lives of individuals and the safety and well-being of communities. Although parole boards have both authority and autonomy, their decisions do not operate in a vacuum.
We are happy to welcome the Colorado State Board of Parole for our February Criminal Justice Series event. The Parole Board will lead this event with a presentation of how parole in Colorado works-the legal, political, moral and administrative aspects of a contentious part of sentencing in the criminal justice system.
Please join our Parole Board panelists for an interesting discussion.
Reception at 5 p.m.
Program begins at 5:30 p.m.
Kristen Hilkey, Chairperson
Chad Dilworth, MA, Vice Chairperson
Jason Guidry, MA, LPC
Dr. Brandon Matthews, DM