Review and interview inmates for parole or work release, and grant parole or work release. Gather and review information regarding new parole and work release programs being instituted or considered nationwide, and determine which programs may be useful to Iowa. Review the current parole and work release programs and procedures used in Iowa on an annual basis. Conduct such studies of the parole and work release system as the governor and general assembly shall request. Provide to public and private entities, technical assistance and counseling related to the board's purposes. Review and make recommendations to the governor regarding all applications for reprieve, pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of a fine or forfeiture, and restoration of citizenship rights. Maintain a risk assessment program which shall provide risk analysis for the board.