Parole is the authority granted to an inmate to leave the prison in which he is serving a sentence and to spend the last portion of that sentence in the open Society.
Parole is granted to enable inmates to be released into the open society for re-adjustment with the guidance of a Probation Officer.
- Every inmate serving a sentence of more than twelve (12) months shall be eligible for PAROLE. This is after having served one third of such sentence or twelve (12) months whichever is greater.
- When an inmate is serving more than one sentence (Concurrent Sentences). He or she shall be granted Parole on the longest of such sentences.
- When an inmate is serving Consecutive Sentences he/she shall be granted parole on the aggregate of these sentences.
- An inmate who has been sentenced to life imprisonment or has had the death sentence commuted to life imprisonment, will be eligible for parole after serving a period at not less than seven years, or after a stated period stipulated by the Court.
If an inmate meets the above requirements, he/she may make written application to the Parole Board for the grant of Parole.
When an inmate is granted Parole, it means he/she is placed on a Parole Order. He now becomes a Parolee.
This Parole Order will, be for a period specified by the Parole Board, which would elapse at the time the sentence would complete if he/she were in prison?
During the parole period, the Parolee is supervised by a Parole Officer, who assists him in every way to resettle in the community.
Yes. If a Parolee is:
- In breach of the conditions of the Parole Order
- Deemed a threat to public safety
- Convicted of any offence punishable by imprisonment.
His/Her Order can be revoked or suspended.
The Parole Period is counted as a part of the sentence. Parole will be terminated upon the expiration of the Parole Period.