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
Inmates that are eligible for early release programs
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.
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
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.