Posted: Jun 14, 2012 9:42 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's Board of Parole will be eliminated and its duties given to the pardon board under a cost-cutting bill signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The pardon board currently makes recommendations on which prisoners should be granted a commuted sentence by the governor. Under its expanded role, the panel also will gain the responsibility to recommend when an inmate deserves parole.
The Times-Picayune reports that the merged board will have two additional members.
Board members will be required to work full-time and not have any other professional or public office. Those positions will pay the same amount as the current parole board receives, with salaries ranging from $44,000 for regular members to $50,000 for the board's chairman.