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Frequently Asked Questions


 
What is parole?

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?
A determinate sentence prisoner serving a sentence of 4 years or more usually has his/her case referred to the Board about 16 weeks before reaching the half way point of the sentence. If parole is granted, you will be released at your parole qualifying date (PQD), which is the half way point of the sentence, or at a later date set by the Parole Board.

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Can my parole date be withdrawn?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?

Parole Board for Scotland
Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD
Phone: 0131 244 8373
Fax: 0131 244 6974
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