paroling authority | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Community Corrections

The paroling authority is a government agency or board responsible for deciding to release prisoners from correctional facilities on parole.

The specific responsibilities of the paroling authority may vary depending on the jurisdiction but generally involve assessing the eligibility of prisoners for parole, setting the conditions of parole, and monitoring and enforcing compliance with those conditions.

The paroling authority is typically comprised of a group of officials responsible for reviewing the cases of eligible prisoners and making decisions about their release on parole. This may involve conducting interviews with prisoners, reviewing their criminal histories and behavior while in prison, and assessing the risk they pose to public safety.

Once a decision is made to grant parole, the paroling authority will typically set specific conditions for the prisoner’s release. These conditions may include requirements to report regularly to a parole officer, to participate in drug or alcohol treatment programs, or to avoid contact with certain individuals.

The paroling authority is also responsible for monitoring compliance with the conditions of parole and may impose sanctions or revoke parole in cases where a parolee fails to comply. Effective management of the paroling authority is important to ensure that eligible prisoners are released on parole in a responsible and safe manner, and that the conditions of parole are effectively monitored and enforced.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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