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What is this thing called parole anyway Well its the release of a person from a correctional facility before they have completed their full sentence Parolees are placed under supervision and conditions are imposed on their behavior Parole is usually granted by a parole board specially appointed or elected for the purpose of determining who would most benefit in terms of rehabilitation by an early release Other times the prison administration correctional counselors really releases inmates early by calculating legislatively-approved good time credits given for good behavior while incarcerated but this isnt really parole--its called conditional or supervised release or something else like maxing out early Paroles the only thing left thats really representative of rehabilitation Ironically parole shouldnt even exist It was officially abolished in 1984 according to federal sentencing guidelines released that year Not all states followed the feds however in their recommendation to abolish it Some states simply combined it the parole board system with their good timeearly release system others like Virginia passed Truth-in-Sentencing laws letting anyone out who had served at least 85 percent of their sentence Even the feds themselves realized the importance of supervision--parole at least meant that someone was watching the releasees good time release meant that no one was watching them--so they combined parole into their probation system creating the job of federal probationparole officer one of the more attractive jobs and well-paying too in criminal justice It doesnt make sense to talk about a parole system in the US because its extremely disorganized One state may have an independent parole board authority another consolidates parole authority in a department of corrections division Hearings are not conducted the same from state to state and inmates may appear before the whole board or just a small part of it Theres also a lot of variation in what parole boards consider in terms of the rehabilitation potential for each inmate Attitude appears to be all-important and
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