Inmate Release Dates
Not every inmate who requests it gets the opportunity to petition for parole and those who are granted the opportunity to request it must be prepared for some very rigorous screening and evaluation before release on parole is awarded.
Before any inmate release dates are scheduled, the hopeful inmate must document his or her plans for living outside the confines of prison although still under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system. A permanent home and immediate employment must be available to the potential parolee in order to be considered for parole.
The prisoner must also agree to abide by the full extent of the law during the parole period, too, before any inmate release dates are considered. He or she may be restricted from using alcohol during the parole period and can expect regular drug screening tests as part of the arrangement.
The potential parolee must also agree to remain within a specified geographic area throughout the time of parole and report regularly to a parole officer assigned to the case before any inmate release dates are established.
Before any perspective inmate release dates are established, the inmate must meet in person with members of the parole board or appear before a judge in states that have no separately designated parole board. Personal interviews and psychological evaluations are required to document the inmate's suitability to life outside the confines of a prison.
While there is a lot of involvement on the part of the inmate requesting parole, he or she isn't the only person associated with the crime of conviction before any inmate release dates can be considered. The parole authorities will notify all victims of the inmates crime and solicit feedback from the victims with regard to the inmate's release from confinement.
The opinion of the victim(s) is one factor in determining when any inmate release dates can be considered but the victim's commentary is often backed by letters from friends, family members, and others in the victim's social network who can voluntarily offer their recommendations to the parole authorities, too.
Based on all issues under consideration, an inmate may be granted parole on the first request but others must try repeatedly until their request is granted or their full sentence is served.