This filing was published in the 09/15/2008, issue, Vol. 2008, No. 18, of the Utah State Bulletin.
Human Services, Juvenile Justice Services
Youth Parole Authority Policies and Procedures
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE
DAR File No.: 31917
Filed: 09/02/2008, 11:31
Received by: NL
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this amendment is to add an Authority Statement; and in response to H.B. 63 from the 2008 General Session, the agency is required to change the code citations to match the recodification of Title 63. (DAR NOTE: H.B. 63 (2008) is found at Chapter 382, Laws of Utah 2008, and was effective 05/05/2008.)
Summary of the rule or change:
The Authority Statement has been added. Additionally, the appropriate citation has been updated.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
Sections 62A-7-501 through 62A-7-507
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
None--The changes are for clarification.
None--The changes are for clarification.
small businesses and persons other than businesses:
None--The changes are for clarification.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
None--The changes are for clarification.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
None--The changes are for clarification. Lisa-Michele Church, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Human Services
Juvenile Justice Services
120 N 200 W
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84103-1500
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
Judy Hammer at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4098, by FAX at 801-538-4334, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Dan Maldonado, Director
R547. Human Services, Juvenile Justice Services.
R547-6. Youth Parole Authority Policies and Procedures.
(1) Detainer is an order to hold a youth for another governmental agency.
2]. Administration and Organization.
establishes a Youth Parole Authority within the Division of Juvenile Justice
Services which has responsibility for parole release, rescission, revocation,
and termination of parole for youth offenders committed to the Division for
(1) The Authority is established as an autonomous organizational entity reporting directly to the Board of Juvenile Justice Services.
(2) The following criteria shall be utilized by the Board of Juvenile Justice Services in the selection and appointment of the Authority members:
(a) A member shall have training or experience in social work, law, juvenile or criminal justice, or related behavioral sciences.
(b) A member shall not be an employee of the Department of Human Services, other than in the capacity as a member of the Authority, and may not hold any public office during the tenure of the appointment. A member shall not hold a position in the State's juvenile justice system or be an employee, officer, advisor, policy board member, or subcontractor of any juvenile justice agency or its contractor during the tenure of the appointment.
(c) The membership shall represent, to the extent possible, a diversity of the population under the jurisdiction of the Division.
(d) The membership shall be composed of individuals with the capacity to conduct hearings in a professional manner, develop appropriate policies and procedures, be sensitive to both legal and treatment oriented issues and promote credibility in the parole release process.
(3) Youth Parole Authority members shall be appointed for terms of three years by the Board of Juvenile Justice Services.
(4)(a) The Board of Juvenile Justice Services shall elect the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Authority by majority vote for terms of one year. A second vice-chairperson shall be designated by the Authority members present at hearings in which the chairperson and vice-chairperson are absent.
(b) The duties of the chairperson are as follows:
(i) to preside at meetings and hearings and in the chairperson's absence the first vice-chairperson shall act. In the absence of the chairperson and first vice-chairperson, the second vice-chairperson shall preside at the meeting or hearing.
(ii) to act as official spokesperson for the Authority with the concurrence of the Authority;
(iii) to work closely with the Administrative Officer in the administration of the Authority and in coordinating with the Division.
(5) Any member of the Authority may be removed from office by the Board of Juvenile Justice Services for cause.
(6) The Authority shall seek parity with salaries of other state officers performing similar and responsible duties.
(7) The Division Director shall ensure that time is available for Division members to participate in training and administrative meetings related to Authority and Division matters.
(8) The Authority has the power to require that general and specific conditions of parole be followed in the supervision of parolees.
(9) The Authority has the statutory power,
112(4)], to secure prompt and full
information relating to youth offenders committed to the Division from the
staffs of the secure facilities, regional offices, community placements, and
the juvenile court.
(10) The Authority has statutory power, Section
110], to cause the arrest of parolees and the power to
(11) The Authority has the designated power to terminate youthful offenders from parole.
(12) The Authority shall establish policies and procedures for its governance, meeting, hearings, the conduct of proceedings before it, the parole of youth offenders, and the general conditions under which parole may be granted, rescinded, revoked, modified, and terminated. The Authority's policies and procedures are subject to the approval of the Board of Juvenile Justice Services.
(13) The policy and procedures manual of the Authority will be readily available to youth in secure facilities, parolees, staff and the public.
(14) The Authority shall request any needed legal assistance from the Attorney General's Office.
(15) The position of an Administrative Officer shall be established to carry out day to day functions and to implement the policies and procedures of the Authority.
(16) Required staff shall be appointed to the Authority.
A case file shall be maintained on each youth that comes before the Authority. Materials in the case files are clearly identified as to source, verification and confidentiality.
(1) For the proper operation of the Authority and protection of those furnishing information and for the best interests of youth offenders and society, all written documents, evaluations or medical reports, opinions, investigative reports which contain or are based upon information that is, either privileged by statute or court rule or order of the Authority, or of such confidential nature that the Authority concludes the rights and reputations of particular person or persons rending the order, decision, opinions or submitting the documents would be jeopardized or threatened, or the public interest would not be served, shall be classified as controlled and not be made available to the youth offender or his representative or for public inspection. Requests and reasons for any exceptions shall be submitted in a petition to the Authority, which may upon good cause grant the request.
(2) The Authority may order, when necessary, examinations and opinions by certified psychiatrists or psychologists. Certified members of the appropriate professions shall be available for such examinations and opinions.
(3) In order to have adequate time for case preparation, the Authority will be provided, in advance of hearings, with the necessary case materials and information to make appropriate decisions.
(4) A calendar shall be prepared in advance of all parole hearings.
(5) The number of full hearings scheduled for an Authority panel in a single day should be limited to 12 cases.
(6) Youth offenders shall be notified in writing at least 14 calendar days in advance of initial and parole review hearings and shall be specifically advised as to the purpose of the hearing.
(7) The Authority hearings are not open to the public; however, the Authority has the discretion to admit to the hearings any persons who may serve in the best interest of the youth.
(8) Hearings by the Authority shall be conducted in a secure environment and in private rooms appropriately furnished and of adequate size and comfort.
(9) Youth offenders may have assistance from qualified persons for an effective case presentation.
(10) Youth offenders shall have legal representation at parole revocation hearings. Legal representation shall not be permitted at initial, parole review, progress review, and rescission hearings. Legal representation shall be at the discretion of the hearing officer at preliminary hearings. Legal representation shall be at the discretion of the Authority at special hearings.
(11) It is the policy of the Authority that all youth offenders shall have a personal appearance before the Authority, which provides for ample opportunity for the expression of the youth's views, particularly in the situation where parole may be denied.
(12) A record shall be made of all proceedings and findings made by the Authority.
(13) The youth offender will be notified verbally of the Authority's decisions at the conclusion of each hearing. All decisions shall be supported in writing and forwarded to the youth within 14 days of the hearing date.
(14) The youth offender, parent, or legal guardian of the youth offender may appeal any decision of the Authority regarding parole release or revocation to the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services or designee.
(15)(a) The criteria employed by the Authority in its decision making process are available in written form in the administrative office of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services and are specific enough to permit consistent application to individual cases.
(b) Youth offenders committed to the Division for secure confinement may be released by the Authority earlier than their recommended guideline, when the Division's secure facilities are at maximum capacity.
(16) It is the policy of the Authority that all youth offenders shall be automatically scheduled for an initial hearing before the Authority within 90 days of commitment to a secure facility.
(a)] It is the policy of the Authority that a
youth offender shall have a progress review hearing held 180 days from the date
of the initial hearing, when a parole review hearing has not been scheduled due
to lengthy guideline considerations.
b]) All youth offenders shall have a parole
review hearing before the Authority prior to release. The parole review hearing shall be scheduled within 180 days of
either the initial hearing or the progress review hearing. A date for parole release shall be
established at the parole review hearing when appropriate.
18]) The parole release date established by the
Authority shall remain in effect except upon findings by the Authority that
cause exists for the rescission of said date.
19]) The youth can petition the Authority for
reconsideration of an earlier decision, including release prior to the original
20]) Each parolee shall receive and sign a
written copy of the parole agreement.
21]) The parole agreement can be amended upon
approval by the Authority.
22]) The Authority does not accept the presence
of a detainer as an automatic bar to release; rather, the Authority pursues the
basis of any such detainer, and releases the youth per detainer where
23]) The Authority has power to terminate youth
offenders from parole supervision.
Youth are not continued on active parole after one year without cause.
4]. Arrest and Revocation.
An Incident Report Form will be used to convey information to the Authority regarding parolees. The assigned parole officer is responsible to keep the Authority informed regarding all parole violations.
1]) Revocation proceedings will be initiated by
the region office when there is probable cause that a parole violation(s) has
occurred and that such proceedings are in the best interest of the youth or the
2]) A pre-revocation hearing may be held by the
Administrative Officer or designee to determine whether there is probable cause
to return a youth to a secure facility for a parole violation hearing.
3]) The Administrative Officer in behalf of the
Authority may issue warrants of arrest.
4]) An alleged parole violator will have a
revocation hearing within 21 days of the pre-revocation hearing. Legal representation is required at
KEY: juvenile corrections, parole
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive
Notice of Continuation: June 4, 2007
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 62A-7; [
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Judy Hammer at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4098, by FAX at 801-538-4334, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules (801-538-3764). Please Note: The Division of Administrative Rules is NOT able to answer questions about the content or application of these administrative rules.
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