Parole is the release of a prisoner back into the community under the supervision of community corrections.
Parole is not a right and not all prisoners are granted parole. When an offender is released on parole they must comply with the conditions set by the Parole Board.
Parole can only be granted after a prisoner has served the non-parole part of their sentence, which is set by the court during sentencing.
For most offences, prisoners must serve a minimum of half of their sentence before being eligible for parole.
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Last updated: 22 February 2016