Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: May 28, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963930 | Print ISBN: 9781412941655 | Online ISBN: 9781412963930| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Parole is the conditional release of a person in prison (the “parolee”) before he or she completes the terms of a sentence. Parolees are under supervision of a state or federal parole agent who monitors the parolees' adjustment to society until completion of the time of the originally imposed sentence. Those persons serving time on parole can be returned to prison to serve out the sentence for violating any of the conditions outlined in the parole order or if the parole agent determines that the parolee is making poor adjustments in society. Prior to the abolishment of federal parole in 2002, the United States had two levels of parole: federal and state. Federal parole was ...