HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed five members of the Board of Pardons and Parole, and says he looks for people who have “sound judgment, a sense of fairness and empathy and compassion for (crime) victims.”
The board has seven members, appointed to four-year terms by the governor.
The board has broad discretion to grant or deny paroles and its decisions can’t be challenged in court. Governors decide what the membership will be.
Since he’s been governor, Bullock, a Democrat, has appointed a former police chief, a county prosecutor, a health-benefits consultant and a mental health professional to the board.
He also has reappointed Darryl Dupuis, the Native American member of the board.
Since Montana’s system has such broad discretion, Bullock said members should have “common sense, and compassion for the victims, and recognize these are very, very significant decisions that they’re going to make.”
“I hope they will apply the law fairly and evenly, for the victims (of crime) and the offender,” he said.