Compendium of Budget Information for the 2014 General Session
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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 2013. 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.
Below shows the Board of Pardons and Parole caseload over time.
Since FY 2010, the closing nonlapsing balance has increased by $90,000 to $190,000 each year. For FY 2013 the Board close the year with a $500,000 nonlapsing balance (and lapsed about $20,000 to the General Fund). The savings are largely from replacing retiring employees with employees with fewer benefits.
In FY 2013 the Legislature allowed the Board to spend up to $500,000 on "capital equipment or improvements, computer equipment/software, employee/training incentives, and equipment/supplies." The Board reports that since FY 2009 the Board has been requesting authority to carryover ending balances into the new year to fund remodels, technology upgrades and security upgrades at the the Draper prison hearing room. However when the PRADA committee began their work the Board stopped remodel plans as decisions about relocating the decision will affect the decision to remodel the hearing room at the Draper prison.
Depending on those relocation decisions, the Board may decide to spend those funds or not. They estimate the remodel costs to be between $450,000 - $500,000.
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.