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What You Need to Know About Parole

Parole is incarcerated individuals’ early release before serving the entirety of their sentence. However, parolees are not “free” civilians upon their release — they are still under supervision for the duration of their sentence and will need to comply with certain conditions of their release.

Not all prisoners are entitled to parole. The following are a few factors state parole boards consider when deciding whether to grant a parole request:

  • How serious was the offense the individual committed?
  • Did the judge in the offender’s case make any parole recommendations?
  • Have victims of the prisoner expressed any concerns about parole?
  • Has the prisoner been a “good citizen” while in prison?
  • Will the prisoner be able to reintegrate into society?

Common conditions of parole

If prisoners are granted parole, they still must adhere to the conditions the parole board sets. They usually must meet regularly with an assigned parole officer, as well.

Here are some of the other common conditions of parole:

  • Obeying all laws
  • Reporting changes of address and employment
  • Submitting to random searches, both of their person and of their home
  • Obtaining permission to travel
  • Paying all court-ordered restitution and fines
  • Attending court-ordered treatment programs, such as counseling, anger management or alcohol abuse courses

For many people convicted of crimes, it is possible to spend a limited amount of time in jail or prison, with the rest of their sentence spent on parole. To determine if this could be an option in your case, speak with experienced Reading criminal defense lawyer David R. Eshelman.


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