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(pərōl`), in criminal law, release from prison of a convict before the expiration of his term on condition that his activities be restricted and that he report regularly to an officer. The convict generally remains under sentence, and the restrictions (as of residence, occupation, type of associates) and the supervision are intended to prevent a relapse into crime. Any violation of parole may result in return to imprisonment. The procedure of parole is regulated by statute in the jurisdictions of the United States. It is less often administered directly by the executive than it is by a board or officer with the power to release a convict after he has served the minimum of an indeterminate sentencesentence,
in criminal law, punishment that a court orders, imposed on a person convicted of criminal activity. Sentences typically consist of fines, corporal punishment, imprisonment for varying periods including life, or capital punishment, and sometimes combine two or more
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. Parole is designed to give the prisoner a chance to readjust and to expedite the process of rehabilitation. In military law, a parole is the promise by a prisoner of war on being released from confinement that he will remain in a stipulated place, not attempt to escape, and not take up arms again in the current hostilities against the forces that captured him.


See studies by G. Cavender (1982) and H. E. Allen (1985).





the conditional release from punishment of convicted offenders before they have served the entire sentence set by the court. Under Soviet law, parole may be applied to persons sentenced to exile, banishment, deprivation of freedom, or correctional labor without deprivation of freedom. It may also be applied to persons serving conditional sentences of deprivation of freedom with certain obligatory work, to military personnel assigned to disciplinary battalions, and to persons conditionally released from deprivation of freedom with obligatory work on the condition that the convicted persons have shown by exemplary behavior and an honest attitude toward work that they have reformed. As a rule, parole may be applied only after half, two-thirds, or three-fourths of the term of punishment has been served. It is not applicable to particularly dangerous recidivists, persons convicted of especially dangerous crimes against the state, or persons convicted of intentional homicide with aggravating circumstances; neither can parole be applied in several other cases provided by law.

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However, those released on parole in Sindh, never returned back till today, he regretted, while also assuring that political affiliations of those released on parole, was also being investigated.
Levin said time and money are wasted when doctors spend write recommendations for inmates who won't be considered eligible for medical parole anyway.
A single commission with doctors and parole officials "in the same room" discussing cases "would really streamline the process," Levin said.
So far, about 13 percent of the inmates denied parole have had their next hearing delayed more than the standard two years, he said.
She also described to the parole board her hoped-for life outside prison with her aging parents in Texas, and talking about her experiences in prison, including stints in segregation and some of the classes and prison jobs she's been involved in.
In so doing, I hope to encourage research in this area to calculate the impact that parole revocation and back-end sentencing have not only on the criminal justice system at large, but also on individual offenders who are shuffled through the system's revolving door.
Parole supervision is a component of the vast majority of criminal sentences in most states.
The SJC's latest ruling would require the state to pay for a lawyer and any expert witnesses at state parole board hearings if the inmate seeking parole was unable to afford private counsel.
Writing for the majority, Margo Botsford said the protections were necessary to assure that juveniles convicted of first-degree murder were provided a ''meaningful opportunity'' to argue for parole in accordance with the 2013 ruling.
Dhamne, however, said the authorities were yet to receive the order of parole sanction from the office of the divisional commissioner.