Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Early Release Programs
Sooner or later, almost every incarcerated person is released back into society. Early release is the means by which a convicted offender, serving a sentence in some type of correctional facility, is discharged some time before completing his or her total term, be it days, months, or years. The released prisoner, however, is not completely free and usually must adhere to a considerable number of conditions. Violations of these conditions can lead to the repeal of his or her freedom, and the convict may have to serve out the rest of the original sentence. Over time, a variety of such programs have evolved throughout the United States. Parole, perhaps the most famous of early release programs, is but one of countless local and national policies, from halfway houses to boot camps, responsible for moving inmates out of custody and into a situation of provisional liberty before their time under governmental ...