Parole Board Hearings
A Parole Board Hearing is a proceeding where the parole board allows the offender, victims, witnesses, and other concerned parties to express their support for or opposition to the offender being paroled. There are two different parole Board Hearings involved in the parole process.
The public hearing is informal and welcomes any party concerned, including victims, witnesses, and family members, to express support or opposition to the offender being paroled. You have the right to give a statement to the board, whether it is oral, written, videotaped or audio taped. You would not have to be present to enter a statement.
Anyone needing any special needs, such as an interpreter or equipment, should contact the Victim/Witness Service Programs office at (317) 232-5749 at least 1 week (5 business days) prior to the scheduled hearing or they will be expected to provide their own. Keep in mind that you will be in a government facility, and it is in your best interest to dress appropriately. There is a security checkpoint, and you will need to check in with the staff to give your name and relationship (e.g., victim, family, neighbor, etc.). At this time, you may speak to the board.
The facility hearing is the offender’s time to speak to the board and it is held at the location of the offender. The victim may attend this proceeding but will not have the opportunity to speak about or oppose anything said in the hearing. It is a privilege for anyone to visit the facility and there will be expected guidelines. Everyone attending a Parole Board hearing must dress appropriately. Those planning to speak before the Board should dress in a manner respectful of a criminal justice tribunal. Anyone planning to attend as interested observers shall be fully dressed and must avoid any revealing clothing. Each facility will have prohibitions against indiscreet or otherwise unsafe attire. Expect to enter through a checkpoint entrance. You could be asked to leave at any time, should the authorities find a reason. With that in mind, you can call the Victim/Witness Service Program office for more details on attending this hearing.
After both hearings are held, the board will decide whether to grant parole to the offender. You are more than welcome to call.
Printable Applications and Instructions for Pardons
- Pardon Packet (Eligibility, Instructions, and Printable Application)
Indiana has adopted recent legislation regarding the expungement of criminal records. If you qualify, this process is often quicker than the pardon process and provides many of the same benefits of a pardon. For more information regarding expungement, please contact an Indiana criminal defense attorney or the clerk in the county where your conviction occurred.
Current Parole Board Hearings
The content of the following was prepared by the Parole Board based on information supplied by the Department of Correction and is believed to be complete and accurate at the time of preparation. The Parole Board is not responsible for any errors contained in the information supplied to the Parole Board by the Department of Correction.