What is parole, and how does it work in Maryland?

What is parole, and how does it work in Maryland?

Parole is an interesting option for some people who find themselves imprisoned.
Like everywhere in the United States, parole can be offered to prisoners
in Maryland after they serve a certain amount of time on their sentence.
Not all people can get parole, so if you’re confused about your
situation, you may want to speak with an attorney to find out if you can
be released on parole or not.

With parole, you’re released on the condition that you do not re-offend.
There are two kinds of parole you could find yourself offered. The first
is discretionary, which is when a parole board decides to release you
based on a determination made that you are eligible. This may be based
on your behavior in prison or other factors.

With mandatory parole, the second kind of parole, parole is built into
the sentence. For example, if you are sentenced to 10 years in prison
and two years on parole, the last two years of your sentence will not
be spent in prison but instead on a supervised release.

When you’re released on parole, you need to make sure to follow all
the directions given by the court. Some conditions may be that you can’t
leave the jurisdiction, that you can’t drink or take drugs, or that
you commit no more offenses of the kind that your sentence was based on.
Because parole is seen as a privilege, it can be taken away, and you could
be placed back in prison if you violate the law. Your attorney can help
you if you do misstep, though, because there may be other methods of handling
technical violations of parole.

Source: Justice Policy, “The Release Valve: Parole in Maryland,” accessed Nov. 11, 2015