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Dunmire v. Board of Parole & Post-Prison Supervision

Court of Appeals of Oregon

May 7, 2014


Argued and Submitted February 26, 2014.

Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.

David Sherbo-Huggins, Deputy Public Defender, argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Peter Gartlan, Chief Defender, Office of Public Defense Services.

Jeff J. Payne, Assistant Attorney General, argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Ellen F. Rosenblum, Attorney General, and Anna M. Joyce, Solicitor General.

Before Duncan, Presiding Judge, and Haselton, Chief Judge.


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[262 Or.App. 594] HASELTON, C. J.

Petitioner seeks judicial review of an order of the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision (the board), contending that, following the revocation of his parole, the board lacked authority under the applicable statutes and rules to incarcerate him for 30 months and that, although we have case law to the contrary, see, e.g., State ex rel Gonzalez v. Washington, 182 Or.App. 112, 47 P.3d 537 (2002), " all of the premises upon which it stands are demonstrably inaccurate." We need not resolve the merits of petitioner's contention because, as we will explain, this judicial review proceeding is moot.

The pertinent facts are procedural and undisputed. On March 25, 1986, petitioner committed the crimes of attempted first-degree kidnapping and attempted first-degree rape. In January 1987, the trial court sentenced petitioner to a term of imprisonment that was not to exceed 30 years. Petitioner was released on parole in July 1998, but it was revoked in September 1999. Petitioner was again released on parole in September 2009, and the board again revoked it in August 2010. The board imposed a 30-month term of incarceration and reset petitioner's parole release date. After the board issued its order on administrative review embodying those rulings in early 2012, petitioner timely sought judicial review, challenging the 30-month term of incarceration imposed by the board. Thereafter, in November 2012, petitioner was again released on parole.

The parties completed their briefing and oral argument was scheduled for February 26, 2014.[1] The day before oral argument, at a hearing before the board, petitioner's parole officer recommended that, as a result of petitioner's violations, the board extend petitioner's parole to the expiration of his indeterminate sentence--that is, October 2, 2016. [262 Or.App. 595] Thereafter, on March 11, 2014, the board issued an order extending petitioner's parole as recommended.

Petitioner contends that this judicial review is not moot because collateral consequences flow from the board's unlawful decision

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to impose 30 months' incarceration following his 2010 revocation. The gravamen of those contentions is necessarily based on the premises that, if the board had correctly applied the governing statutes and rules, petitioner would have been released on parole 14 months earlier and, thus, would have been discharged from parole a year later or, alternatively, his parole status would have changed from active to inactive at that time. As we explain, the premises underlying petitioner's contentions are unavailing under existing case law.

" [T]he parole system allows the [b]oard to release an inmate who has not finished serving his or her indeterminate prison sentence, and that person may be kept on parole until the sentence expires." Barnes v. Thompson, 159 Or.App. 383, 385, 977 P.2d 431, rev den, 329 Ore. 447, 994 P.2d 126 (1999) (emphasis added). A petitioner's discharge from parole requires " some action on the part of the board" and does not occur " by operation of law" because the board fails to act by the tentative parole discharge date. Haskins v. Palmateer, 186 Or.App. 159, 168, 63 P.3d 31, rev den, 335 Ore. 510, 73 P.3d 291 (2003); see also Thomas v. Board of Parole, 186 Or.App. 170, 173, 63 P.3d 29, rev den, 335 Ore. 510, 73 P.3d 292 (2003) (applying statute and rules in effect at the time of the petitioner's crimes in 1985 and 1986; holding that, " as was the case in Haskins, the rules did not provide for discharge by inaction or by operation of law" ). Further, " an earlier commencement of active parole supervision does not ensure an earlier discharge from parole." Green v. Baldwin, 204 Or.App. 351, 354-55, 129 P.3d 734 ...

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