Parole – Parole is a conditional release for those sentenced to incarceration as a punishment for a crime. Parole eligibility is usually based on a statutory proportion of the time of sentence served, although parole is only granted to those eligible upon a finding by an appropriate administrator or board that parole would be in the public interest, including a determination that the defendant does not pose a danger to the community following release.

Even so, parole is often used in state prison systems as a means of alleviating overcrowded prisons, and the inmates subject to parole in such conditions are often not as carefully evaluated before their release. In any case, parolees are subject to a variety of conditions of parole, usually including supervision by a parole officer, restrictions on travel, prohibitions on the use of weapons, and requirements to obey the law.