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Parole Hearing Investigator

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/14
Posting End Date: 2024/02/28
Category: Corrections
Sub Category: Investigative
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 25.02
Maximum Salary: 26.70
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho Opportunity

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 


The Commission of Pardons and Parole is currently accepting applications for a Parole Hearing Investigator to oversee and conduct parole interviews and hearings, generally within a correctional facility, for subjects pending consideration or review by the Commission of Pardons and Parole.


  1. Compiles and examines resident file information; schedules and conducts interviews of residents in preparation for parole-related hearings and file reviews. 
  2. Conducts criminal background and warrant checks; verifies dispositional information with other jurisdictions. 
  3. Obtains arrest report narratives and other incident information from law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, correctional facilities, and other agencies. 
  4. Performs collateral contacts to verify information provided by resident and/or to obtain additional information for Commission consideration. 
  5. Prepares comprehensive investigative reports and memorandums to fully inform and assist the Commission in parole decision-making. 
  6. Screens parole violation file information, confirms adherence to due process requirements and schedules hearings in accordance to such requirements. 
  7. Conducts fact finding hearings to determine a resident's guilt or innocence of alleged violations of conditions of parole. 
  8. Screens evidence received, determines admissibility and rules on objections. 
  9. Takes testimony from residents and witnesses, considers evidence and makes a determination based on all information presented. 
  10. Ensures residents and supervising personnel are notified of the date, time and location of scheduled hearings; coordinates hearings with jail and other correctional facilities. 
  11. Communicates with district staff to identify and finalize release plans in preparation for offenders recommended for reinstatement. 
  12. Prepares detailed parole violation findings and dispositional review reports for Commission consideration. 
  13. Coordinates special projects regarding the parole hearing process; prepares records, reports and correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Good knowledge of federal and state laws concerning due process and the constitutional rights of law violators. Typically gained by a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or equivalent education specific to constitutional law and due-process hearings; OR at least one year of experience in a correctional setting conducting hearings such as: disciplinary hearings, preliminary hearings, administrative segregation hearings or classification hearings; OR (Pre-Service Academy) POST certification and one year experience as a law enforcement officer
  2. Some knowledge of the criminal justice system, with emphasis on the parole system. Typically gained by completion of at least one (1) college course in criminal justice, criminology or a closely related field or approximately 30 hours of training specific to the criminal justice and parole system AND one year of experience applying this knowledge; OR at least two years of experience that gave a broad knowledge of the criminal justice and parole system.
  3. Some knowledge of the fundamentals of social sciences. Typically gained by completion of at least one (1) college courses in psychology, sociology, or criminology, or approximately 30 hours of related training in areas such as Social Problems, Thinking Errors, Substance Abuse, Human Behavior Patterns, and/or Criminal Behavior Patterns; OR at least one year of experience in the social services field applying this knowledge.
  4. Experience conducting fact-finding interviews. Typically gained by approximately one year of experience requiring in-depth one-on-one interviewing to elicit facts and record information to resolve problems or determine eligibility for programs or services. Include in your response the reason for the interview and the type of information you elicited. This requirement may also be gained through education of six(6) college level credits or more in interviewing (e.g. Interviewing and Counseling in Criminal Justice, Generalist Social Work Practice, Interviewing Methods, or equivalent course work that covered in-depth interviewing), OR by completion of 16 hours or more of training (e.g. Interviewing and Interrogation, Criminal Investigations, such as for DHO, Generalist Social Work Practice 1, Motivational Interviewing, Interviewing Methods, or equivalent Training that covered in-depth interviewing).
  5. Experience making collateral contacts to verify and document verbal and written information. Typically gained by at least 6 months work experience making collateral contacts and verifying written and verbal information and documenting information received (e.g. Probation & Parole Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Social worker, or Case Manager, Contract Monitor, Investigator, Quality Control Specialist, etc). Some private sector experience may qualify.
  6. Experience writing detailed reports with supporting rationale for recommendations made. This is typically gained by six (6) college-level credits in English Composition, Technical Writing, Communication, etc. OR approximately one year's experience in a social service, law enforcement or business setting preparing written business reports, investigation reports, or fact-finding information reports.
  7. Experience researching, analyzing, and interpreting laws, policies, and regulations, and drawing related conclusions. Typically gained by approximately one year of work experience where you were researching and interpreting laws, policies, regulations, and actions for compliance, and/or explaining to others how laws and guidelines apply to specific situations as a regular part of your job.


The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit 


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected] 

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.