The total parole caseload in Hawaii in FY2011-2012 totaled 1,632, a decrease from 1,869 in FY2010-2011, as well as FY2009-2010. Previous years totals were:
- FY2008-2009: 1,950
- FY2007-2008: 2,661
- FY2006-2007: 2,568
- FY2005-2006: 2,340
- FY2004-2005: 2,380
- FY2003-2004: 2,622
- FY2002-2003: 2,591
As of June 2012, parole officers in Honolulu supervised 1,169 offenders.
The Hawaii Paroling Authority, along with the Crime Victim Compensation Commission, oversees four parole stations and one special services station. Within Honolulu, parole services are provided by the main Hawaii Paroling Authority Office, as well as the Special Services Section.
Education and Training to Become a Parole Officer in Honolulu
Individuals interested in applying for Honolulu parole officer jobs must possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. In addition, all parole officer careers begin with a considerable amount of formal training.
In order to become a parole officer, new hires must complete training through the Department’s Training and Staff Development (TSD) program. The TSD also provides ongoing, annual training and supervisory and management training for parole officer careers in Honolulu. In addition, TSD coordinates all certification training programs and maintains training records of all parole officers.
About the Hawaii Paroling Authority
The Hawaii Paroling Authority, within the Department of Public Safety, consists of members that are nominated by the chief justice of the Hawaii supreme court, the director and the president of the Hawaii State Bar Association, a member of the general public appointed by the Governor, a representative who is designated by the Interfaith Alliance Hawaii, and the president of the Hawaii chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
The Hawaii paroling authority is called upon to implement programs that control, supervise and treat parolees in lieu of incarceration. The Paroling Authority may also require parolees to attend alternative programs as a condition of their parole, such as:
- Therapeutic residential and nonresidential programs
- Curfew using electronic monitoring and surveillance
- Home detention
- Intensive supervision, residential supervision, work-furlough, or structured educational and vocational programs
The Paroling Authority, in FY2011-2012, held 2,204 parole consideration hearings, with 1,749 persons considered for parole, 736 paroles granted, 1,367 paroles denied, and 100 paroles deferred or continued. In total, there were 694 actual parolees released.
In addition, during this time there were 297 parole violation hearings, 259 paroles revoked, and 33 continued or deferred.