Board of Parole Hearings
Deputy Commissioners


Deputy Commissioners are civil service appointments, unlike Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor. Most Deputy Commissioners have years of experience working in corrections, law enforcement and the legal field. Deputy Commissioners primarily serve on hearing panels chaired by Commissioners that determine parole suitability for life-sentenced inmates. Deputy Commissioners also conduct consultations with life-term inmates, review multi-year denials of parole for inmates serving life sentences, conduct certification, placement, annual review, and re-hospitalization hearings for mentally disordered offenders and review requests for offender discharge from parole.

Deputy Commissioners also:

  • conduct documentation hearings and review multi-year denials of a parole for inmates serving life sentences
  • review and decide administrative appeals of Board decisions
  • conduct certification, placement, annual review, and re-hospitalization hearings for mentally disordered offenders
  • serve on hearing panels that are chaired by Commissioners that determine parole suitability for life-sentenced inmates