What Is Parole? How Does Parole Work?
- The purpose of parole is to safely reintroduce criminal offenders back into society
- An inmate can apply for parole after serving 1/3 of his/her sentence
- Prior to a parole hearing, an inmate must submit a “parole plan” prior to the first day of the month in which the parole hearing is set
What should a parole plan include?
- An updated job offer (notarized or on letterhead);
- A residence letter (including the address, phone number, and a statement of willingness to allow the parole candidate to reside at that location); and
- Any letters of support and/or certificates of program completion.
What standards does the parole board consider at a parole hearing?
- Institutional Discipline– looking back to see if the inmate should be denied parole based on any infractions that have occurred in the past six (6) months;
- Risk Assessment– weighing the offense of the parole candidate and their risk profile;
- Aggravating Factors– considering a parole candidate’s bad behavior, failure to successfully complete programming (i.e. work release program), etc.;
- Mitigating Factors– considering a parole candidate’s strong community support, successful completion of programming (i.e. work release program), etc. (if the parole candidate is incarcerated for a sex offense, s/he must have successfully participated in a sex offender treatment program); and
- Special Factors for Juvenile Offenders– considering the age, maturity, home and community environment, rehabilitation efforts, etc.
Upon bad behavior or other parole violations, parole can be revoked:
- Within five (5) day of detention, an inmate must be given written notice of time, place, and purpose of a preliminary hearing (notice must also include the specific parole violations)
- Notice must provide the following rights: to appear and speak on his/her own behalf; to call witnesses and present evidence; to confront and cross-examine witnesses; and the right to counsel
- The preliminary hearing must be held within ten (10) days after the inmate receives notice
What happens if a parole hearing officer finds probable cause (that an inmate released on parole violated his/her parole conditions)?
- If the hearing officer finds probable cause, a final parole revocation hearing will be held within ninety (90) days of the preliminary hearing
- If the hearing officer does not find probable cause, or that the alleged parole violations were minimal, the inmate will be released and restored to his/her supervised parole conditions
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