Parole

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. Individuals who violate the conditions of parole are immediately re-incarcerated and may have to serve the remainder of the sentence in prison. Additionally, the parole violator forfeits credit for the amount of time served in the community before the violation and must make up that lost time in prison. Following completion of parole, most offenders will also have a term of probation supervision.