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20.25.102    BOARD TRAINING

(1) All board members shall receive or have received training that addresses the following issues relevant to American Indians in the state of Montana:

(a) the cultures and problems of Montana tribes and reservations;

(b) statistical and comparative data regarding correctional populations:

(c) distinctions between urban and reservations populations; and

(d) federal, state, and local community services available to paroled or discharged American Indian inmates.

(2) A board member that has not received training regarding American Indian issues must complete the training within a reasonable time from the date of appointment. A member that has not completed training may not participate on a hearing panel acting on American Indian offender dispositions unless a trained member is also participating on the panel.

(3) New board members may attend nationally recognized correctional training or a comparable program for parole board members.

(4) Before participating on a hearing panel, a new board member must receive orientation from board staff regarding:

(a) state and federal law and rules pertinent to board operations;

(b) offender pathology, treatment and supervision; and

(c) department of corrections organization.

(5) A convened board shall evaluate and update training annually and determine the extent and sufficiency of the training required for individual members.

History: 46-23-218, MCA; IMP, 46-23-218, MCA; NEW, 2004 MAR p. 1621, Eff. 7/23/04.

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