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  • Parole Board Resource Map
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  • APAI History

    APAI came to life in the early 1970s when a group of international colleagues in the field of parole expressed a strong interest in discussing best practices and current issues surrounding conditional release, reentry into the community and public safety.

    • Early Milestones
      • Early 1970s
      • • Association of Paroling Authorities; George Street of Canada serves as first President.
      • • Membership is 225; Dues are $15/member.

      • 1981
      • • Sam Houston University becomes home of first administrative office for annual fee of $3000 + minimal expenses. SHU provides equal in-kind administrative grant.
      • • APA goes ‘public’ with opposition to U.S. Task Force Report recommending the abolishment of the U.S. Parole Commission.

      • 1982
      • • First newsletter published.

      • 1988
      • • First Annual Conference held in Washington, DC.
      • • Administrative offices moved to Council of State Governments in Kentucky.

      • 1989
      • • Name changed to Association of Paroling Authorities International to reflect international growth.

      • 1993
      • • First Staff hired. Gail Hughes becomes Executive Secretary.

      • 1995
      • • Council of Chairs (later renamed Council of Parole and Releasing Authorities) established.

      • 1998
      • • Membership grows to 304.

      • 2000
      • • Website created.

    • Recognitions by Awards
      • 1992
      • • Vincent O’Leary Award established in recognition of an individual’s contribution to the Association and demonstrated vision, leadership and commitment to the field of parole.

      • 1993
      • • Community Service Award established in recognition of an individual or organization that contributed significantly to the furthering of the rehabilitative efforts of parole.
      • • Ben Baer Award established in recognition of an individual’s significant service in the field of parole.

      • 2001
      • • President’s Award established to recognize an individual or organization that contributes to the Association or the field of parole.

    • Looking Ahead through Planning, Training and Publications
      • 1991
      • • First Strategic Plan written

      • 1994
      • • APAI received a grant of $20,000+ to develop and publish The Practice of Parole Boards, written by John Runda, Edward Rhine and Robert Wetter.
      • • APAI and APPA partner to publish Abolishing of Parole: Why the Emperor Has No Clothes, written by Peggy Burke.

      • 1995
      • • First Mission and Core Values Statements written and adopted.

      • 1996
      • • Trainings initiated for New and Experienced Parole Board members as well as for Hearing Officers, funded by NIC and facilitated by Center for Effective Public Policy.

      • 1997
      • • First Parole Board Survey conducted.

      • 2004
      • • Resource Kit for New Board Members published.
      • • Audio conferences established with funding from NIC.

      • 2006
      • • Successful Transition and Reentry for Safer Communities: A Call to Action for Parole, funded by JEHT Foundation and written by Peggy Burke and Mike Tonry.

    • Recent Milestones
      • 2005
      • • Membership reaches new high of 423.
      • • Seven standards adopted.

      • 2006
      • • Gail Hughes retires.
      • • Committees established by President Lisa Holley.
      • • Bea Leopold hired as first Executive Director, moving office from Missouri to Pennsylvania.

      • 2007
      • • Membership tops 450
      • • APAI becomes incorporated.
      • • Credit cards accepted.
      • • Website redesigned and relaunched with members’ only section and member communication enhancements.

      • 2008
      • • Membership reaches all time high of 511.
      • • Charles Traughber elected APAI President.
      • • APAI hosts Annual Training Conference in Louisville Kentucky.
      • • Created an imporved business plan that is posted on the Web site.

      • 2009
      • • Hired a new Chief Administrative Officer, Keith Hardison.
      • • Hosted its Annual Training Conference in Newport, Rhode Island and had particpants from Malaysia, Portugal, Zambia and Hong Kong.
      • • Formed a partnership with the Center for Effective Public Policy (CEPP) to create the first ever National Paroling Authorities Resource Center (NPARC).