What is parole?

Parole is the early, conditional release of a convicted offenders from state prison after they have served part of a sentence. It allows inmates to return to the community to serve the remainder of their sentence under the supervision of a parole officer. The state Parole Board has the authority to grant or revoke parole.

Parole officers develop a supervision plan and evaluate the parolee’s progress. They will intervene if the parolee’s behavior poses a threat to the community. Parolees must be careful not to break the law as parole violations can have serious consequences.

Individuals under parole have restricted rights. In exchange for the privilege of being released early from prison, the court expects parolees to follow a number of rules, known as conditions of parole. While the conditions vary from case to case, they may include following a curfew, reporting regularly to a parole officer, undergoing drug testing or seeking employment. Parole can be revoked if conditions are violated.

Depending on the type of offense, a parolee may have to comply with certain specific requirements. For example, sex offenders may be prohibited from going near schools, playgrounds and other areas where children gather.

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