Please refer to Hearing Schedules for dates of pardon and/or parole hearings.
The Board of Pardons and Parole meets at the Department of Corrections (DOC) Headquarters Complex, Conference Room B, located at 504 Mayflower, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802.
Both pardon and parole hearings are open to the public. Individuals interested in attending a public hearing should arrive at least 30 minutes early and must report to the Security Office for processing. All visitors are subject to search. Cell phones are not permitted in the hearing room or waiting area. These and any other item which may be considered contraband should remain in a locked vehicle.
For individuals who require special needs assistance, please contact the Board Office at 225.342-5421 at least one week in advance of the scheduled hearing.
It is generally inappropriate for children under the age of 12 years to be present during any public meeting or hearing of the Board of Pardons and Parole, except when the child is a victim and chooses to appear. The number of people supporting or opposing the granting of clemency or parole, including victims and/or family members of victims, will be limited only by space and security considerations.
Parole hearings are generally conducted by a parole panel consisting of a minimum of three members of the Committee on Parole. The hearings are held by means of videoconferencing on regularly scheduled dates and times, with the Committee on Parole meeting at DOC Headquarters. The offender appears before the Committee via videoconferencing from a prison location, depending on where the offender is housed at the time of the parole hearing. Please refer to Hearing Schedules for dates and location of parole hearings. If the offender’s family wishes to participate in the parole process, they must appear at the location of the offender. Victims who wish to participate in the parole process may appear either at the DOC Headquarters location or by telephone from their local district attorney’s office.
Clemency (pardon) hearings are also held by means of videoconferencing if the applicant is incarcerated. The incarcerated offender’s family may appear at the location of the offender or at the DOC Headquarters location. If the applicant is not incarcerated, the applicant must personally appear before the Board.