About 100 Idaho prison inmates each year refuse parole, opting instead to serve out their full terms and get out with no conditions or oversight. State Commission on Pardons and Parole Director Olivia Craven told JFAC this morning that offenders need treatment programs to change their behavior – and those who opt against parole also typically refuse treatment. “The bottom line is these people do not want to address their problems because they do not want to change,” Craven said.
Rep. Margaret Henbest, D-Boise, asked how inmates can get away with refusing parole. If they do so, she suggested, “We ought to be charging them room and board” as long as they remain in prison. Craven said, “A couple years ago we forced two people out that said they didn’t want parole. They both came back with new felonies within months.”