A resolution is a formal statement regarding a course of action on a matter or issue related to and in support of the mission, goals and strategies of APAI. Resolutions are reviewed by the Executive Committee and adopted by a vote of that committee.Committee Chairs: John Hodges
WHEREAS, the membership of the Association of Paroling Authorities International is committed to protection of the public in carrying out statutory release practices and community field supervision;
WHEREAS, the membership strives to employ quality release practices to identify those offenders who are likely to succeed in the community recognizing that some offenders present a continuing risk to the public and may not be successfully reintegrated into the community before the termination of their sentences;
WHEREAS, the membership is committed to effective community supervision by promoting public safety, assessing the risk and needs of the offender, holding them accountable to the conditions of release, while including offenders' families in the planning, and maintaining sensitivity to victims and their families.
WHEREAS, the membership works to reduce the recidivism in our community by promoting successful reintegration of the offender; and,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Paroling Authorities urges Parole Boards and other releasing authorities to be included as a critical partner in the reentry process, collaborating with the corrections system, policy makers, and practitioners to develop consistent policies to guide reentry; and,
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the membership and other entities, such as those in a policy making or funding role (legislative, federal funding agencies, etc.), support the development of comprehensive reentry practices.
Adopted September 30, 2015
WHEREAS, the membership of the Association of Paroling Authorities International recognizes that there are millions of individuals worldwide who become victims of property and violent crime each year, and
WHEREAS, crime has a physical, psychological, and financial impact on entire communities, families, and the individual victims; and
WHEREAS, victim participation in the criminal justice process from the earliest possible stages of the system (arrest, prosecution and sentencing) through the release decision-making process is essential; and
WHEREAS, victims must be notified at the earliest stages of the criminal justice process of their right to participate and be heard, verbally and in writing, during all critical stages of the system, to include sentencing and the release decision-making process; and
WHEREAS, a victim’s right to participate is diminished unless honored and encouraged; and
WHEREAS, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, judges, and releasing authorities are in the best positions to ensure victims are made aware of these rights, and to ensure victims who desire to participate in the process are given such an opportunity; and
WHEREAS, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, judges, and releasing or paroling authorities must make every effort to ensure crime victims have a role in the sentencing process and release decision-making process, while simultaneously balancing the constitutional and statutory rights of offenders; and
WHEREAS, by working together we can help victims’ voices be heard and ensure victims receive the support they need and respect they deserve; and
WHEREAS, the Association of Paroling Authorities International recognizes that by serving victims of crime and ensuring justice for all, we, through our evidence-based and informed decision making practices, enhance public safety by creating safer homes, neighborhoods, and communities.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of Paroling Authorities International urges prosecutors, judges, and releasing authorities to make every effort to ensure victims have a meaningful role in the criminal justice process, from the earliest stages of the criminal justice system, to include the investigation, arrest, prosecution and sentencing, and the post-conviction process, by way of notification, providing relevant information in a timely manner, and allowing meaningful participation; and to ensure victims of crime are treated with dignity, respect and compassion in all interactions with prosecutors, judges, and releasing or paroling authorities.
Adopted September 30, 2015