The Montana Board of Pardons and Parole maintains a website for victims, including a calendar of scheduled parole hearings and a record of all parole board decisions from 1999 to the present.
Offenders sentenced to prison in Montana automatically become eligible for parole after serving one-fourth of the prison sentence unless the sentencing judge restricts parole eligibility.
Parole hearings are two months in advance of the parole eligibility date. If an offender is parole-eligible in July 2015, for example, the parole hearing will be in May 2015.
When Board of the Pardons and Parole grants a parole, the offender does not leave prison for at least a month after the parole hearing. You will have time to ask questions about your safety and plan for the offender's release.
Parole Board decisions are usually available at (406) 846-1404 a few days after the parole hearing. Decisions are posted on the website monthly.
Victims may attend parole hearings or submit written testimony. If you register for notification, the Board of Pardons and Parole will contact you in advance to explain the process.