Who May Attend a Parole Suitability Hearing

In addition to the Board’s commissioners and deputy commissioners, others who may participate in a parole suitability hearing include the inmate, the inmate’s attorney, a representative from the district attorney’s office that prosecuted the inmate, victims, and victim family members who have registered with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services. Victims and their family members may have the right to have a representative, support person, and an attorney attend the hearing. For more information about victims’ rights and the parole suitability hearing process for victims and their families, please visit CDCR’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services or call toll-free 1-877-256-6877. A language interpreter may attend a parole hearing too, if needed for the inmate, and correctional officers will be in the hearing room for security purposes.

The Board’s executive officer may also authorize members of the public to observe a parole suitability hearing to learn more about the parole hearing process. Observers may not have a personal or professional interest in the case, nor may they know the inmate, victim, victim’s family, or any other hearing participant. Finally, the executive officer may authorize credentialed members of the media to attend a parole hearing. If you are a member of the public and wish to observe a hearing for educational and informational purposes, please send a request to BPHHearingObservations@cdcr.ca.gov. The observation requests must be for a hearing transpiring a minimum of two weeks in the future. To process the request personal information (Social Security, Date of Birth, Driver’s License/Passport) will be required to secure gate clearance approval into the institution.