Parole; Department of Corrections to report on pilot study use of risk assessment instrument. (SJ31)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; uniform risk assessment tool for parole determinations; report. Requests that the Department of Corrections study the fiscal and administrative impacts of implementing a uniform risk assessment tool for parole determinations. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083126304
01/04/2008Referred to Committee on Rules
02/01/2008Reported from Rules with substitute
02/01/2008Committee substitute printed 087312304-S1
02/04/2008Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2008Read second time
02/05/2008Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2008Committee substitute agreed to 087312304-S1
02/05/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ31S1
02/06/2008Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/06/2008Communicated to House
02/11/2008Placed on Calendar
02/11/2008Referred to Committee on Rules
03/03/2008Left in Rules


Frances Smith writes:

By mandating the use of a validated risk-assessment instrument to predict a person's risk to public safety in every release decision, policymakers can maximize the benefits of discretion while maintaining the sort of objectivity that mandatory sentencing guidelines provide. An objective, validated risk-assessment instrument is a far more effective way of measuring risk than a parole board officer's subjective evaluation, and it allows for more informed and appropriate clinical decision-making related to release and conditions of release. There are many states that have a validated risk-assessment instrument that is working and it greatly out weighs the cost.

Bill Twine writes:

North Carolina utilizes a similar tool. From what I've heard, the Virginia Parole Board has a similar tool at its disposal but chooses to ignore it.