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Early Release and Parole
765 Requirements to be granted parole A prisoner must apply to the National Parole Board to be considered for parole. After applying, the prisoner will be interviewed by the parole review board to determine their suitability for release.
- Factors considered by the Parole BoardThe board will consider a number of factors when deciding whether parole should be given. For example, the parole board may look at the person's criminal record, the type of offences that were committed and when they were committed. They may also look at how serious the offence was, and whether the person feels badly about what they did or understands what they did. The parole board also considers how the person behaved while in prison. If a person is not granted parole, they may still be eligible to be granted statutory release after serving two-thirds of the sentence. In some cases, the Parole Board can deny a prisoner parole altogether and therefore, the full sentence must be served.
Parole is very important for anyone who is in prison. You should always be represented by a lawyer when you appear before the Parole Review Board.