2007 ORS 144.775¹
Commission members
  • terms
  • compensation
  • rules on duration of prison terms

(1) There is hereby established an Advisory Commission on Prison Terms and Parole Standards. The commission shall consist of equal numbers of State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision members and circuit court judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The legal counsel to the Governor shall serve as an ex officio member of the commission and shall not vote unless necessary to break a voting deadlock. The Director of the Department of Corrections shall act as an advisor to the commission.

(2) The term of office of each of the members appointed by the Chief Justice is four years. Before the expiration of the term of any of those members, the Chief Justice shall appoint a successor whose term begins on July 1 next following. A member is eligible for reappointment. If there is a vacancy for any cause, the Chief Justice shall make an appointment to become immediately effective for the unexpired term.

(3) A member of the commission shall receive no compensation for services as a member. However, all members may receive actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties under ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions).

(4) The chairperson of the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and a judge elected by the judicial members shall serve in alternate years as chairperson of the commission. The chairperson and a vice chairperson shall be elected prior to July 1 of each year to serve for the year following. The commission shall adopt its own bylaws and rules of procedure. A majority of the commission members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. An affirmative vote of a majority of the members shall be required to make proposals to the board under ORS 144.775 (Commission members) to 144.791 (Presentence report in felony conviction cases).

(5) The commission shall meet at least annually at a place and time determined by the chairperson and at such other times and places as may be specified by the chairperson or five members of the commission.

(6) The State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision shall provide the commission with the necessary clerical and secretarial staff support and shall keep the members of the commission fully informed of the experience of the board in applying the standards derived from those proposed by the commission.

(7) The commission shall propose to the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and the board shall adopt rules establishing ranges of duration of imprisonment and variations from the ranges. In establishing the ranges and variations, factors provided in ORS 144.780 (Rules on duration of imprisonment) and 144.785 (Rules on duration of prison terms when aggravating or mitigating circumstances exist) shall be considered. [1977 c.372 §1; 1983 c.740 §20; 1987 c.320 §81; 1991 c.126 §7]

Chapter 144

Notes of Decisions

Under rules of State Board of Parole, board could not in determining history/risk score, consider juvenile adjudica­tions that had been expunged pursuant to ORS 419.800 to 419.839, even if prisoner admits to board that they occurred. West v. Board of Parole, 86 Or App 616, 739 P2d 1096 (1987)

Law Review Cita­tions

53 OLR 32, 67-79 (1973)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 144—Parole; Post-Prison Supervision; Work Release; Executive Clemency; Standards for Prison Terms and Parole; Presentence Reports, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­144.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 144, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­144ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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