NRS 213.625 – Overview of the Judicial Program Governing the Referral of Offenders to Re-entry Court, the Requirements of Participating in a Program as a Condition of Parole, and the Powers and Duties of the Board
The State Board is obligated by law to perform various duties focussed on the offender. The powers and duties of the Board are revised under Nevada Revised Statutes.
Judicial Program for Prisoners and Parolees
- NRS 213.625 provides that once a judicial program is established that a prisoner may be paroled in, the Board’s Chairperson, having consulted the Division, may refer the prisoner on parole or considered for parole to undertake the program.
- The Chair may also make a referral for a prisoner considered for parole or one in parole and has violated a requirement of his or her parole to the re-entry court if it is believed that the person:
- Is fit for the program and that the program would benefit him or her.
- Has clearly shown a willingness to:
- Seek employment, skills training or vocational rehabilitation.
- Complete restitution to victims of his or her crime.
The re-entry court may issue a notification to the Chair, of a prisoner or parolee that should be ordered to undertake the judicial program, following NRS 209.4883. In this case, the Board may:
- Include as a condition of parole that the parolee enroll and undertake the judicial program to completion.
- In the case of a parolee who violated a condition of his or her parole, order the parolee to participate in the judicial program as a condition for parole continuation.
The Board may place a prisoner in the custody of the Division requiring the prisoner to participate in the judicial program.
What the Board Considers when Ordering a Person to Participate in a Judicial Program
- The Board takes into consideration:
- The person’s criminal record.
- The public’s safety and wellbeing.
- The Board puts in place regulations requiring the persons ordered to undertake the judicial program and complete the program, to compensate the Division and re-entry court for the cost of their participation in the judicial program.
- The Board shall consider the prisoner’s period of sentence and shall not require a prisoner to participate in a judicial program that takes longer than the prisoner’s maximum sentence.
Powers and Duties of the Board
Where the prisoner is not granted parole, they are given a hearing date by the Board according to NRS 213. 142. The board is mandated to issue the parolee with a code of conduct upon his or her release.
According to NRS 213.122, the release of sexual offenders on parole calls for the Division to closely supervise the prisoner’s conduct and behavior as directed by the Board.
When the Board finds a reasonable possibility that the parolee is a threat to the public, according to subsection 1, the board may decline to give the parole to the prisoner.
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The prisoner may also not be released on parole in case he or she is noted as a focus in a lawful request by another legal agency, requesting that the prisoner scheduled for parole be held or released for detainment by the legal agency.
The Board is mandated to immediately release the prisoner on parole when the prisoner’s program of activities while on parole is identified and established.