Parole is not guaranteed if you go to court and are convicted of a crime.
While some may believe that parole is likely based on television shows
or movies, the truth is that the constitution does not give you the right
to parole. In fact, parole itself is a privilege you must earn and not
one guaranteed by law.
Usually, when parole is involved in a case, there is a board of individuals
who review each case and determine if and when an inmate can be up for
parole. These offenders may have been able to prove that they are ready
to enter back into society by their actions in prison; for instance, they
may have gone through anger management courses or worked hard at jobs
in the prison. Parole is a gift to those who show they are willing to
work back into society as a helpful and capable person.
When you are released on parole, you do have a parole officer that you
have to report to. Parole doesn’t mean you’re free; it just
means you are serving the rest of your sentence outside a jail cell. You
must report to your parole officer as stated; if you don’t, you
could breach your contract and be put back in prison for the remainder
of your sentence.
You aren’t able to apply for parole in prison. Instead, you’ll
be given a date when you’re eligible for it. At that point, you
may be brought before a board review to hear why you will or will not
be able to be granted parole. These interviews are private, so you don’t
have to worry about the public seeing your case.
Source: The Grand Island Independent, “Parole is a privilege, not a right,” accessed Jan. 14, 2016