About BPH

The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) conducts parole consideration hearings, parole rescission hearings and parole progress hearings for adult inmates and parolees under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The duties of the BPH also include, but are not limited to, mentally disordered offender and sexually violent predator screenings and hearings, investigation of requests for pardons, reprieves and commutation of sentences and foreign prisoner transfer requests.

Board of Parole Hearings, Sacramento Headquarters

The BPH workforce includes 15 commissioners, appointed by the Governor and subject to Senate confirmation, deputy commissioners who are civil servants and administrative and legal staff.

The Commissioners convene once a month to conduct a public business meeting. All are open to the public. Most are held in the BPH's Sacramento offices, although meetings are conducted occasionally in other locations. Any member of the public may comment on board related business at the meeting, although comments regarding specific cases are limited to those listed on the agenda. Comments regarding pending cases not on the agenda should be directed to the institution where the inmate is housed. Meeting agendas are published 10 days in advance of the hearings.

Our Mission

The mission of the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) is to protect and preserve public safety through the exercise of its statutory authorities and policies, while ensuring due process to all criminal offenders who come under the board's jurisdiction.

Our Goals

  • To maintain a high performing parole hearing system that protects California's communities and is fair to all adult offenders.
  • To ensure and develop programs that promote shared responsibility for community safety and provides meaningful participation and access for parties interested in parole hearings.
  • To allocate financial resources and personnel in an effective and efficient manner consistent with the Board's mandate and the laws of the state.
  • To develop preventive strategies that preclude class action law suits and remedy existing compliance violations.