Parole Essay

647 WordsApr 20, 20153 Pages
1. What is PAROLE? Parole is the serving of part of your sentence under supervision in the community. The law says that the Parole Commission may grant parole if (a) the inmate has substantially observed the rules of the institution; (b) release would not depreciate the seriousness of the offense or promote disrespect for the law; and (c) release would not jeopardize the public welfare. 2. Is parole the same as probation? No. Probation is a period of supervision in the community imposed by the court as an alternative to imprisonment. Parole is the release of a prisoner to supervision in the community after he/she has completed a part of his/her sentence in an institution. 3. What is the purpose of parole? Parole has a three-fold purpose: (1) through the assistance of the United States Probation Officer, a parolee may obtain help with problems concerning employment, residence, finances, or other personal problems which often trouble a person trying to adjust to life upon release from prison; (2) parole protects society because it helps former prisoners get established in the community and thus prevents many situations in which they might commit a new offense; and (3) parole prevents needless imprisonment of those who are not likely to commit further crime and who meet the criteria for parole. 4. What Does PAROLE ELIGIBILITY Mean? You become eligible for parole according to the type of sentence you received from the court. Your "parole eligibility" date is the earliest time you might be paroled. If the Parole commission decides to parole you it will set the date of your release, but that date must be on or after your eligibility date. 5. How can you tell when an inmate become Eligible for Parole? Unless the court specified a minimum time for you to serve or imposed an "indeterminate" type of sentence, parole eligibility occurs upon completion of one-third of your

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