Attending a Parole Board Hearing
Parole hearings are open to the public. If you wish to attend a parole hearing you will need to contact the parole board at 515-725-5757 to make accommodations.
Attendees shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with decorum appropriate for a public meeting of a governmental agency. Any activity deemed inappropriate by the Board of Parole under the general guidelines in the rules may result in a request from the Board to the offending party or parties to leave the premises and be escorted from the building.
It is standard practice that an Iowa State Trooper is present at all parole board hearings.
Minors can attend parole hearings at the discretion of the parent/guardian. Please be aware that details of the crime may be discussed in detail and may not be appropriate for individuals under the age of eighteen.
Members of the public are allowed to attend hearings, but are not allowed to participate or give statements at the hearing.
Conduct of the media: Attendees need to provide notice of attendance in advance. Broadcasting, televising, recording and photographing will be permitted in the interview room during open sessions of the board with prior notice of attendance. All media equipment and personnel shall be in place at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time of commencement of the proceedings. For further information please review the Board of Parole's Administrative Rules  Chapter 8.14.
There will be no interviews granted with any Board Members before, during or after the hearings. Please direct any questions to the Board of Parole representative.
Registered victims are allowed to make a statement to the Board of Parole, in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 915. Family, friends, attorneys, media and other members of the public may observe the proceedings but may not participate.