The mission of the RI Parole Board is to enhance public safety, contribute to the prudent use of public resources and consider the safe and successful re-entry of offenders through discretionary parole. The Board is made up of seven members appointed by the Governor and authorized by statute R.I.G.L.13-8-1 to evaluate and consider the conditional early release of incarcerated offenders who have been sentenced to imprisonment for a term of more than six (6) months. Eligibility for initial parole consideration is determined by statute and calculated by the RI Department of Corrections. Generally, initial parole eligibility occurs when an offender has served at least one third (1/3) of his or her sentence. This includes those offenders sentenced to serve their prison term on community confinement. Initial parole eligibility for offenders sentenced to a term of Life is set by R.I.G.L.13-8-13. Medical parole for any offender not serving a Life sentence is guided by R.I.G.L. 13-8.1-4. Statutes and Guidelines governing parole release are available on this page.
The Rhode Island Parole Board is victim-centered and provides crime victims (or immediate family members of deceased victims) the opportunity to appear before the Board when an offender is being considered for release. The Parole Process for Victims link on this site will provide further information for crime victims wishing to access our services. The Parole Board also has jurisdiction to impose conditions for the lifetime community supervision of persons convicted of 1st degree child molestation, and, up to 30 years after release of adult persons convicted of 2nd degree child molestation. The Sex Offender Community Notification Unit investigates and refers community supervision offenders to the Parole Board for its review and imposition of conditions of supervision.
On behalf of the RI Parole Board, I hope this site is of assistance to you and encourage your input to allow us to better serve the citizens of the State of Rhode Island. Please feel free to contact the Parole Board at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or comments.
Laura A. Pisaturo
Chairperson, Rhode Island Parole Board