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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
GOVERNOR

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June 1, 2017
17:029

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TWO MEMBERS ADDED TO IDAHO COMMISSION OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of two members to the newly expanded Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole, effective July 1.

The appointments follow the Idaho Legislature’s approval this year of a bill increasing membership on the Commission from five members to seven. The change comes in light of the Commission’s expanded caseload of parole and parole revocation hearings under Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) offender release and supervision reforms.  

The new appointees include Rich Wills of Glenns Ferry, a retired Idaho State Police specialist and former seven-term member of the Idaho House of Representatives. Wills was a leader in the effort to enact JRI reforms as chairman of the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee.

Also joining the Commission will be Dr. Karen Neill of Pocatello, a forensic nurse and professor of nursing at Idaho State University. Dr. Neill also is a member of the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance.

Sandy Jones, executive director of the Commission of Pardons and Parole, said the help is welcome and needed with the panel’s increased responsibilities and expectations from policy makers and the public.

“Having two additional commissioners is essential to providing timely decisions when individuals are not in compliance with parole release conditions,” Jones said. “Responding promptly to violations is not only a best practice in addressing recidivism, but it can also provide significant savings in jail and prison bed space and the costs associated with extended incarceration while awaiting a Commission hearing.”

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