22/11/17 Parole Law and Legal Definition
Parole is defined in criminal law as the release of a convicted criminal defendant after serving a portion of their sentence, upon a finding that the person is sufficiently rehabilitated and not a threat to society. The parole period is defined as a certain length of time and is subject to conditions imposed by the releasing authority and to its supervision, including a term of supervised release.
Parole is not available to persons convicted of federal crimes, but most states still offer parole. Conditions of parole include, among other requirements, reporting to a parole officer, not associating with other ex-convicts, and staying out of trouble. Violation of the terms may result in revocation of parole and a return to prison to complete the unexpired sentence.