Special Proceedings


ADA Compliance Unit

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Unit ensures that the Board of Parole Hearings provides inmates and parolees with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities for parole proceedings. The unit ensures parole hearings are at locations accessible to those with disabilities and that there is effective communications during the proceedings for inmates/parolees.


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 and are dangerous to others as a result of a severe mental disorder


Sexually Violent Predator Unit

Pursuant to Welfare & Institutions Code, Section 6601, the Board of Parole Hearings Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit reviews the background and history of inmates to identify those likely to be sexually violent predators. If the SVP Unit determines the inmate has a qualifying conviction of a specific, violent sexual crime, involving at least one victim, the case is referred to the board’s Forensic Assessment Division (FAD) for clinical evaluation.