WHO ARE PAROLE VIOLATORS?
Parole violators are
classified as either Criminal Parole Violators (CPVs) or Technical Parole
Violators (TPVs). A CPV is an offender who has committed a new crime while on
parole. A TPV is an offender who breaks the terms and conditions of his or her
parole. Breaking curfew or failing to pass a drug test are examples of technical
parole violations. However, offenders are not sent back to prison for one
technical violation of parole. Often the last violation may be the “straw that
broke the camel’s back” if an offender has been repeatedly violating technical
conditions of parole or has been in and out of drug treatment and has not been
CPVs Go Directly To Prison
Offenders who are
arrested for committing a new crime while on parole are given no grace period.
They are detained in prison under Board warrant until their new charges have
been settled – even if they post bail.
Offenders who are recommitted by
the Board for being convicted of a new crime lose their time on the street,
which means they must serve that time back in prison.
TPVs Require More Involved
Parolees who are returned to prison for technical
violations are more likely to fail if re-paroled later compared to parolees who
are able to maintain active ties within their community. Most offenders can be
safely and effectively managed in the community where they are connected with
family and resources. When offenders commit less serious or minor technical
violations they are responded to by intermediate sanctions instead of
These practices include the use of intermediate
sanctions and community based programs, many in community corrections
facilities, where the focus is crime prevention. The programs use risk and needs
assessments to address the reasons for the crime-producing behavior, provide
treatment, and use cognitive behavioral approaches to change criminal
The Board’s violation sanctioning grid
(VSG) incorporates important factors such as
the risk level, stability of the offender in the community, family support and
employment. The VSG provides a graduated system of parole sanctions depending on
the severity and number of infractions a parolee has committed.
range from a written warning to placement in a substance abuse program. It is
important to understand that although these violations are “technical,” they can
lead to criminal behavior if not addressed. When this occurs, parolees are
returned to prison as technical or criminal parole violators depending on the
type of violation.
Parole Violator Centers
Parole Violator Centers
(PVCs) are designed to help an offender with their adjustment to life in the
community under parole supervision. These centers focus on providing immediate
treatment and programming that is specific to individual circumstances. It is
the goal of the Parole Board to address an offender’s violation behavior in
order to help the offender successfully complete parole and lead a law-abiding