Parole, while also a type of community supervision, is a different legal status. Under certain circumstances, offenders who have served a portion of their prison sentence can request that the Parole Board (which is independent of the DOC) grant discretionary release to serve the remainder of the prison sentence in the community. Parolees are closely supervised by a DOC Probation & Parole Officer. They are required to comply with stringent conditions of parole, usually including special conditions ordered by the Parole Board. For more information, please visit the Parole Board website.