Frequently Asked Questions
What is parole?
Parole is a system that enables offenders to be released on licence in the community under the supervision of a community based social worker. If an offender is released on parole, they are subject to be recalled to prison at any time if they breach the terms of their licence. Parole is only granted where the Parole Board is satisfied that the risk presented by the offender can be managed in the community.
What is the Parole Board?
What category of offender can qualify for parole?
How does an offender apply for parole?
What is a non parole licence?
Is parole a reward for good behaviour in prison?
Do sex offenders get parole?
Will the Board release an offender who denies his/her guilt?
When do I qualify for consideration for early release on parole?
Can I opt out of the parole system?
When do I qualify for consideration for release on life licence?
Who writes the reports for my parole review dossier?
Do I get to see all the reports in my parole review dossier?
What if I don't agree with a report written about me?
What does the Parole Board take into account when considering my case?
Can my parole date be withdrawn?
What will my licence say?
Can I appeal against the decision of the Parole Board?