Parole is the release of an offender from custody to serve the balance of their sentence in the community.
The purpose of parole is to supervise and support the reintegration of offenders before the end of their total sentence while providing a continuing measure of protection to the community.
Parole does not mean that offender are free without supervision. Whilst on parole, the offender is still considered to be under a sentence.
The Families Handbook - Chapter 13, 'Getting Out' [PDF, 74kb]
Getting Out: Your Guide to Surviving on the Outside [PDF, 1.03MB]