2013 ORS § 144.285¹
Hearing after petition for change in terms of confinement denied to prisoner convicted of aggravated murder or murder
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(1)(a) If the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision denies a petition for a change in the terms of confinement filed by a prisoner convicted of aggravated murder or murder, the board may not grant the prisoner a subsequent hearing that is less than two years, or more than 10 years, from the date the petition is denied.

(b) The board may not grant the prisoner a hearing that is more than two years from the date a petition is denied unless the board finds that it is not reasonable to expect that the prisoner would be granted a change in the terms of confinement before the date of the subsequent hearing.

(c) The board shall determine the date of the subsequent hearing in accordance with rules adopted by the board. Rules adopted under this paragraph must be based on the foundation principles of criminal law described in section 15, Article I of the Oregon Constitution.

(2) If the board grants the prisoner a hearing that is more than two years from the date a petition is denied, the prisoner may submit a request for an interim hearing not earlier than the date that is two years from the date the petition is denied and at intervals of not less than two years thereafter. If the board finds, based upon a request for an interim hearing, that there is reasonable cause to believe that the prisoner may be granted a change in the terms of confinement, the board shall conduct a hearing as soon as is reasonably convenient.

(3) When the board grants a prisoner a hearing that is more than two years from the date a petition is denied and when the board denies a petition for an interim hearing, the board shall issue a final order. The order shall be accompanied by findings of fact and conclusions of law. The findings of fact shall consist of a concise statement of the underlying facts supporting the findings as to each contested issue of fact and as to each ultimate fact required to support the boards order. Unless the prisoner bears the burden of persuasion, the order shall include findings necessary to deny the prisoner a change in the terms of confinement for any period of time when the prisoner would be presumed to be eligible for a change in the terms of confinement. [2009 c.660 §1]

Note: See note under 144.280 (Hearing after parole denied to prisoner sentenced for crime committed prior to November 1, 1989).