Parole for Adults
Parole is the conditional release of an offender (parolee) from prison by a parole board. Parole allows the offender to serve a portion of their sentence under community supervision.
An offender becomes eligible to apply for parole after serving a non-parole period.
Release on parole is not automatic. The parole board hears the offender’s application and decides whether or not to grant parole.
If parole is granted, the parole board sets the conditions, such as supervision, that the offender must abide by. The offender is still under sentence. If they do not abide by the parole conditions, the parole board can cancel parole and have the offender returned to prison.
In Victoria, the Adult Parole Board is responsible for parole assessments and for deciding whether to grant or cancel parole.
More information on parole is available on the Adult Parole Board's website.
Parole for Children
Courts cannot set a non-parole period for a youth justice centre order or youth residential centre order. However, the Youth Parole Board may consider releasing a child or young person on parole during the order.
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