Information related to Parole and Pardon Board hearings

Parole Board and the Pardon Board hearings are public, and victims/survivors have the right to attend and testify and are encouraged to do so.

Law requires that written notice of both parole and pardon hearings must be mailed to victims no less than thirty days prior to the hearing date.  If victims do not receive adequate notice, they may ask that the hearing be rescheduled.

Law also provides that victims may testify before the Parole Board and the Pardon Board by telephone from the office of the local district attorney.  Arrangements need to be made in advance. Victims may contact the appropriate board or their district attorney’s office about this matter.

Both Parole and Pardon Board dockets and docket outcomes are posted on the Department’s website.

Pardon Board hearings

The five-member Pardon Board holds all of its hearings at the Board’s hearing room located at the Department of Public Safety and Corrections’ Headquarters complex in Baton Rouge.  The address is 504 Mayflower Street and guests should check in with security staff upon arrival.

Applicants who are incarcerated are not transported to meet the Pardon Board but are transported to and testify from the closest state prison or, occasionally, from a parish facility.  Opponents of incarcerated offenders being considered by the Pardon Board are allowed to testify directly only from the Board’s hearing room in Baton Rouge, not from the facility where the offender is located.  Supporters of applicants who are incarcerated may testify either from the Board’s hearing room in Baton Rouge or the facility where the applicant appears.

Pardon Board staff and correctional officers at the hearing site in Baton Rouge make every effort to make all parties comfortable, seating those with opposing views in separate areas and allowing them to leave the hearings at different intervals.

Parole Hearings

Almost all hearings by the Committee on Parole are conducted via video-conference. Three-member panels hold hearings from the Department’s Headquarters complex in Baton Rouge, located at 504 Mayflower Street.  Guests should check in with security staff upon arrival.

Offenders are not transported to meet the parole panel but are transported to and testify from the closest state prison or, occasionally, from a parish facility.  An offender’s supporters are encouraged to go where the offender is.

Victims who are opposed to an offender’s parole release may participate in the parole proceedings at the Headquarter’s hearing room and may present testimony in person to the parole panel.  Someone will be available to answer victims’ questions related to hearings.

Parole Hearing Handbook for Victims