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Who is Eligible for Parole?

Parole is the serving of part of a prison sentence under supervision in the community. Eligibility usually occurs upon completion of one-third of the prison term and depends on the type of sentence given by the court. Parole is granted by the Parole Commission when it is found that the:

  • Inmate has substantially observed the rules of the institution
  • Release would not depreciate the seriousness of the offense
  • Release would not jeopardize the public welfare

How Does An Inmate Apply for Parole?

Anyone eligible for parole can receive an application from their case manager before the scheduled date to appear before the Commission. Those that wish to be considered for parole and are eligible must complete the application and sign it.

Parole Hearing

The case manager informs the inmate when a hearing is scheduled. At this hearing, an inmate is given the opportunity to express to the Commission why parole is appropriate in this case. The hearing includes also details about the inmate like:

  • Facts surrounding the offense
  • Prior criminal history
  • Accomplishments in the institution
  • Details of the release plan
  • Problems in the past or those likely to be faced in the future

Do I Need the Assistance of a Lawyer if I'm Eligible for Parole?

Since the Commission is interested in the safety of society and the needs of the individual, a criminal attorney can best represent you at a parole hearing to ensure that both needs are met.

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Last Modified: 05-09-2012 02:56 PM PDT

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