The Association of Paroling Authorities International

Our Mission

The Association of Paroling Authorities International is a global association dedicated to the accomplishment of public safety and successful offender reentry through training, education, standards of evidence-based research and best practices, providing peer-based technical assistance and support in collaboration with strategic partners.

Our Values

  • We believe that the parole process is essential to a fair and just criminal justice system that enhances public safety.
  • We are dedicated to professional development of those involved in the parole process.
  • We are committed to the development, improvement and utilization of consistent and rational parole practices.
  • We believe in the human dignity of all and shall demonstrate this belief to the community, victims and offenders through our practices.
  • We believe in the development of leadership that creates an environment to guide, influence and facilitate best practices.
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  • Why Join APAI?

    I found a fantastic opportunity to network and develop new contacts with specific “Parole” field colleagues I couldn’t find anywhere else.
    - Renee Collette, Former Executive Vice Chair
    Parole Board of Canada


    APAI is the only worldwide group focused solely on parole and all related matters.
    - David Blumberg, Chair
    Maryland Parole Commission


    APAI is the only place I found where Parole Authorities can meet for conference-style training and everyone “speaks our language.” We are a unique group with specific direction that is not readily available anywhere, making APAI invaluable.
    - Connie Bisbee, Chair
    Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners


    APAI membership provides Army Clemency and Parole Board staff with the opportunity to develop and maintain professional relationships with experts in the field. Our membership also assists in keeping abreast of the latest parole research and provides us with access to essential training via conferences and webinars. This collaboration is vital to ensuring our continued relevance as an integral element of the Army Corrections System.
    - Steve Andraschko, Chairperson
    Army Clemency and Parole Board


    At APAI, we are provided with the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with counterparts across the country and globe to share ideas and problem solving methods that transcend the immediate and continue beyond the venue – including the Annual Training Conference, Chairs Meeting and other sanctioned training events.
    - Jeffrey Peterson, Former Executive Officer
    Hearings and Release, Minnesota Department of Corrections


    APAI has been an invaluable resource for our organization in many ways, including the training opportunities and answers to our questions about our paroling practices and how we compare to other jurisdictions. The organization has provided an extremely useful forum for free-flowing communication and feedback, feedback which has played a key role in guiding our decision and policy making process.
    - Dan Fetsco, Executive Director
    Wyoming Board of Parole


    APAI’s conference topics and presentations are timely, provocative, and educational – priceless!
    - David Blumberg, Chair
    Maryland Parole Commission


    There were countless learning possibilities and collaborations the organization shares, not only locally, regionally and nationally but internationally as well!
    - Renee Collette, Former Executive Vice Chair
    Parole Board of Canada


    Through APAI’S Website and Social Media Networks, members have the ability to survey other Boards/Releasing Authorities regarding issues and specific topics in a fast and user-friendly medium 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    -Jeffrey Peterson, Former Executive Officer
    Hearings and Release, Minnesota Department of Corrections


    APAI has centralized its information and access to provide its members assistance from “partners” worldwide – Nevada has taken full advantage of opportunities from NIC and NPRC that have been provided solely because of our membership in the organization.
    -Connie Bisbee, Chair
    Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners


    APAI provides access to the expertise and resources of national technical assistance providers: NIC, CEPP and NPRC among others – to train new Board Members, Chairs and Executive Directors on a variety of “evidence-based practices and organizational dynamics."
    -Jeffrey Peterson, Former Executive Officer
    Hearings and Release, Minnesota Department of Corrections


    One is able to meet people/organziations with similar situations, issues and problems, allowing us to share successes – this is key to keeping us effective.
    -David Blumberg, Chair
    Maryland Parole Commission


    I was impressed with the advancement of the field of parole through APAI’s membership encouraging participation with leading national and international criminal justice agencies actively involved in the same goals.
    -Jeffrey Peterson, Former Executive Officer
    Hearings and Release, Minnesota Department of Corrections




    Contact Us

    The Association of Paroling Authorities International
    Attention: Ashley Koonce
    George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center
    Sam Houston State University
    Huntsville, TX 77341-2296
    Phone: 877-318-APAI Fax: 936-294-1671