The California Constitution gives the Governor authority to review proposed parole grants. After the Board of Parole Hearings recommends parole, the case is sent to the Governor. Incarcerated people eligible for parole are entitled to release unless they currently pose an unreasonable risk to public safety. The Governor weighs numerous factors when assessing current risk level. The Governor’s parole review process can take up to 150 days following a parole hearing.

For additional information about the parole process, visit the Board of Parole Hearings’ webpage:

To review the parole actions of someone currently incarcerated in a California prison, visit

The Governor’s Office encourages crime victims, survivors, and next-of-kin who seek information about and support during the parole process to contact, and register with, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights & Services (OVSRS) or call 1-877-256-6877 (toll free).

For information about attending Board of Parole Hearings Executive meetings and making public comment about a parole case, visit

You may submit input about a parole case to Governor Newsom here: