Parole and Truth in Sentencing

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Parole and Truth-in-Sentencing Paper

Veronica King

CJS/200

July 28, 2012
Rosalyn Hall

Parole and Truth-in-Sentencing Paper

Veronica King
July 27, 2012

There are several offenders that will be released from the penal system early, and when they are they will be placed on parole to continue their sentence. Parole is the supervised early release of inmates from correctional confinement. (Schmalleger, 2011). Parole is granted by the parole board and this is done so that offenders can return to society and hopefully live productive lives. Inmates are granted parole based on judgment and assessment of the parole board. There are two types of parole, discretionary and mandatory.

Discretionary parole is not used in fifteen states, but this type of parole is when an inmate is released from prison to be supervised outside of prison walls. Mandatory parole is a type of parole granted once an inmate has displayed good behavior and has met other criteria they released early only having a short period of time left to serve.

When an inmate is released from prison on parole there are certain conditions that they have to follow such as not leaving the state and they have to obey extradition request from other jurisdictions. (Schmalleger, 2011). Once the inmate is placed on parole they are assigned a parole officer that they to visit on a regular basis and the parole officer will visit them and these visits will be at random. The parolees can be visited at home; work, and school, and they are also subjected to random drug and alcohol testing because as a condition of their parole they are not to use either. Even if a parolee is not using drugs and alcohol and is at home when the parole officer comes their parole can still be revocated if they have not found employment, which is a condition of parole within 30 days.

Today's sentencing includes imprisonment, fines, probation, and for serious offenses death. (Schamallenger, 2011). Sentencing has not...
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