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The Parole Division is committed to and supports the mission of the Indiana Department of Correction by ensuring a successful return of offenders to the community as law abiding citizens.
The Indiana Parole Board consists of five (5) members: the Chairman, Vice Chairman and three (3) members who are appointed by the Governor to serve four (4) year terms.
The Board has jurisdiction over all offenders who committed their crimes before October 1977 (referred to as “old code” offenders), and exercises discretionary parole release authority over them. The Board also has jurisdiction over all offenders who committed their crimes after October 1977 (referred to as “new code” offenders) whose release on parole is mandatory. When parole is violated, the Board makes discretionary decisions regarding the reinstatement of parole of all “new code” offenders whose parole has been revoked.
In addition, the Indiana Parole Board acts as a Clemency Commission for all capital cases and makes recommendations to the Governor concerning clemency or commutation requests.
The Indiana Parole Board is available to assist victims who have safety concerns regarding an offender’s parole release. If you have safety concerns, you may contact the Indiana Parole Board at 317-232-5673.
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 concerned party, 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 video equipment, should contact the Victim/Witness Service Programs office at (317) 233-3432 at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled hearing. No dress code is required, but please keep in mind that you would be in a government facility and it is in your best interest to dress appropriately. There is no checkpoint, but Capital Police are located throughout the building for security purposes. You will need to check in with appropriate staff outside of the hearing room in order to give your name and relationship (e.g. victim, family, neighbor, etc.). At this time, you may request to speak to the board after the offender’s family and friends speak, if that would create more comfort for you.
There are two waiting rooms: one for visitors who support the parole and one for visitors who oppose the parole. When the offender’s name is called, both groups will enter the hearing room together, but will have separate rows of seating. The board will be seated at the front of the room and a video camera will be next to them. This camera will record the entire hearing; so please refrain from divulging personal information that you do not want exposed (i.e.; address, place of employment, etc.). The offender will not be present at the hearing, but he/she would be able to obtain this information on his/her own time.
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 sort of 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 make a decision whether or not to grant parole to the offender. You are more than welcome to call the Victim/Witness Service Program office in order to obtain the decision, which will be made no sooner than one week after the facility hearing. The Victim/Witness Service Program office will make contact with you at that time if requested.
For notification of offender status, please complete and mail the “Offender Notification Request”. Include the offender’s name and DOC number. (If you do not know the offender’s DOC number, include his/her birth date, social security number, cause number and date of sentence), your name, address, telephone number, and an alternate contact address and telephone number where you can be reached in the event of an emergency; i.e., escape. You may use a third party if you desire (i.e., family, friend, lawyer, other agency). However, it should be noted that the contact person should be someone we can contact at all times and who is able to contact you at any given time.
NOTE:Victim Notification is confidential. Therefore, the offender will not be informed of the notification request, nor will any victim information be available to the offender, the offender’s attorney, or the public.
Indiana Department of Correction
Parole Services Division
302 W. Washington Street, Room E334
Indianapolis, IN 46204
RE-ENTRY PAROLE OFFICE #1
2596 Girls' School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241
FORT WAYNE PAROLE OFFICE #2
311 Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
INDIANAPOLIS PAROLE OFFICE #3
6400 E. 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219
EVANSVILLE PAROLE OFFICE #4A
5603 North Highway 41
Evansville, IN 47711
TERRE HAUTE OFFICE #4B
116 South 1st Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807
BLOOMINGTON PAROLE OFFICE #5
1500 N. Packing House Road
Bloomington, IN 47404
GARY PAROLE OFFICE #6
11 West 78th Place
Meriville, IN 46410
NEW CASTLE PAROLE OFFICE #7
1001 Van Nuys Road
New Castle, IN 47362
SOUTH BEND PAROLE OFFICE #8
4650 Old Cleveland Road
South Bend IN, 46628