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Parole Suitability Hearing

Parole is a period of supervision that follows an individual after their release from prison. Most inmates will automatically be released to parole after finishing their “determinate” sentence. Parole is distinct from probation in that probation is part of the sentencing scheme while parole follows the completion of a criminal sentence.

There are two general types of parole: one which follows automatically after completion of a defined sentence, and the other is granted only after an indeterminately sentenced prisoner is granted parole..

There are several factors that may be considered by the parole board at a parole hearing:

  • The circumstances of the offense
  • The inmate’s expression of remorse for the crime
  • The inmate’s behavior in prison
  • Psychological reports
  • The inmate’s post-parole plans (work, education, etc)

Inmates are allowed to have the help of an attorney in convincing the parole board that he/she is ready for release. Unfortunately, even when a panel of the board elects to grant parole, the full board and/or the Governor may in some cases chose to reverse the panel’s decision

After an inmate is placed on parole, there are a number of conditions by which an inmate must abide. Violation of these conditions can lead to re-imprisonment. Common parole terms include:

  • Broad consent to be searched
  • Geographic living and travel restrictions
  • Restrictions on weapon ownership or use
  • Prohibitions on gang association
  • Limitations on internet usage for related crimes
  • Reporting requirements

Our attorneys have had a success rate in achieving dates for various clients. If you know someone who is in need of representation before the parole board, feel free to contact our office today.


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