Watch any crime or legal drama on TV, and you are likely to hear the word “parole.” Many people have a vague idea of what it means, but they aren’t quite sure of the specifics.
When a person is sentenced to prison, they are given a set amount of time behind bars. In certain cases, the court may allow the person to get out early if they satisfy a number of conditions. Not everyone has the option to get paroled early, and some people initially qualify for parole but do not meet the requirements necessary to obtain an early release when they go before the parole board. Continue reading