Compendium of Budget Information for the 2013 General Session
|Executive Offices & Criminal Justice|
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The Board of Pardons and Parole (hereafter referred to as the "Board") is the release authority for inmates in the State of Utah. The Board reviews an inmate's performance after the inmate is incarcerated and determines when and under what conditions the inmate may be released after serving the minimum sentence required by law. In addition, the Board reviews violations of release conditions to decide whether an inmate should be sent back to prison.
The Board is a separate and independent organization from the Department of Corrections and the Courts. It has full parole, pardon, and commutation authority over all offenders in the jurisdictional custody of the Utah Department of Corrections. The Board makes decisions regarding the release of offenders from prison, sets conditions of parole supervision, orders restitution, and may remit fines subject to statutory guidelines.
Board hearings are held at Board offices, correctional facilities, and jails throughout the state.
The following chart shows measures that the Board of Pardons and Parole uses to track their performance. These are also reported to the Governor. This reflects performance for the Board of Pardons for Fiscal Year 2012. The measure titled "Timeliness of All Hearing Results" is directly related to the impact on the Department of Corrections budget. The more timely the Board is in conducting hearings, the less time inmates are in prison and are released on parole.
The Board used funds from the GFR - Tobacco Settlement Account prior to FY 2011, however have not had an appropriation from this account since then.
The Board of Pardons is funded primarily from the General Fund. During the 2010 General Session, the Legislature eliminated funding from the Tobacco Settlement Restricted Account which was replaced with funds from the General Fund. A small amount of Dedicated Credits Revenue is generated by the sale of hearing tapes, copies and transcripts.
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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.