PRAB was set up by the Honourable Judge H. William White in 1996 to assist him in making decisions on when and how he should parole an inmate sentenced to the prison. Before PRAB, inmates would routinely be paroled regardless of their behavior unless someone from the prison went to the Judge and advised him of the inmate's conduct in the prison.
Duties & Procedures
The board meets every two weeks to consider any inmate who has a sentence of over 60 days and is approaching their minimum release date.
Several factors are considered by the board when discussing the inmate. Some of these factors include their behavior while incarcerated and any treatment programs recommended by mental health or drug and alcohol personnel.
Once we have discussed the inmate's case, a vote is taken and a recommendation is made to the sentencing judge.The sentencing judge then makes a decision based upon the recommendation of PRAB.
Influence of Inmate Behavior
A strong effort is made to inform the inmates that their conduct in the prison does have an impact on the length of time they spend in the prison. Good behavior will allow them to get out on their minimum, while misbehavior can cause them to spend time beyond their minimum.