Board of Parole Hearings

The Board of Parole Hearings, Adult Matters, is comprised of the executive office and five divisions.

Executive Office

The executive office is comprised of the Executive Officer, Chief Deputy Program Operations, Chief Deputy Field Operations and the Workforce Operations. The Executive Officer is the administrative head of the BPH, is responsible for managing the daily operations and implementing policies. The Workforce Operations assists BPH units, programs and sections with work-flow efficiencies and optimization; to develop system tools to monitor and track compliance with remedial plans, permanent injunctions, court orders and BPH procedures; and to liaison with CDCR entities, governmental agencies and plaintiffs' counsel.

Hearings Division

The Hearings Division coordinates and conducts parole revocation hearings, parole consideration hearings, probable cause hearings for parole violators, and commitment hearings for Mentally Disordered Offenders. It also includes the Decision Processing Unit, the ADA Compliance Unit and the Central Office Calendar, a clearinghouse and source of information regarding on-going cases.

Offender Screening Division

The Offender Screening Division orders mental health treatment as a condition of parole for the Mentally Disordered Offenders; screens the background and history of inmates to identify potential Sexually Violent Predators (SVP) and processes holds for completion of the SVP process. The Offender Screening Division includes the Board's Forensic Assessment Division (FAD), which is responsible for conducting violence risk assessments for indeterminately sentenced prisoners prior to their parole consideration hearing.

Investigations Division

The Investigation Division's functions are to provide review, evaluation and summary through an investigation process upon the Governor's request. These investigations include pardon, reprieve, and commutation cases. Other investigations include death penalty investigations, allegations of innocence or mitigating circumstances from life prisoners, requests for medical release or re-sentencing consideration, and evidence that Intimate Partner Battering/Battered Woman Syndrome may have been a significant factor in the life crime. The Division also conducts investigations for the Board itself, including any parole suitability concerns raised by Commissioners, investigations of parole plans prior to release of life prisoners to parole, confidential informants, and out-of-state investigation requests. The Division is also responsible for office security, and provides executive protection.

Legal Affairs Division

The Legal Affairs Division advises BPH management and program staff regarding compliance with applicable regulations and law; provides extensive decision review of BPH hearing decisions for legal sufficiency and recommends modifications as necessary; assists with training BPH commissioners and deputy commissioners; and provides legal support for drafting proposed regulations or regulation amendments and statutes. The legal team also oversees litigation, habeas petitions and all legal challenges to Board operations, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General. The legal team also supports compliance monitoring activities relating to court orders and provides legal support services to all of the Board divisions as needed.

Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services Division is comprised of the Budgets Unit, Personnel Unit, Accounting Unit, Contracts and Procurement Unit, Facilities Support Unit, Training Unit, and the Information Technology Unit. The Administrative Services Division oversees the Board's daily business operations, including fiscal oversight, personnel, management information systems, office reception and mail functions, contracts, procurement, accounting services, training, and space/property/fleet management. The Administrative Services Division liaisons with various CDCR Programs and other State Agencies, in addition to working with numerous private vendors while administering contracts and procurements.

BPH Units

Mentally Disordered Offender Unit

The Mentally Disordered Offender (MDO) commitment was created to provide a mechanism to detain and treat severely mentally ill prisoners who reach the end of a determinate prison term ... » More

Sexually Violent Predator Unit

Pursuant to Welfare & Institutions Code §6601, the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit reviews the background and history of inmates to identify those likely to be sexually violent predators... » More

ADA Compliance Unit

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Unit ensures that the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) provides inmates and parolees with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities... » More