As someone on parole, you may be curious about what will happen at your
hearing and what you can do to stay on the law’s good side while
you finish your sentence. Parole hearings are opportunities for you to
discuss and present your case and why you should be allowed out of prison
or jail on parole. Your past criminal history and other factors will help
the court determine if you should be able to be released on parole.
When a decision is made, you will either be given or denied parole. It
will take approximately 21 days for the decision about your parole to
come through the system and to be delivered to you. During that time,
you may be kept in prison or under house arrest depending on your situation.
If you don’t agree with the parole decision, you are able to appeal
it just like any other decision a court makes. You may be given a new
hearing in some cases, especially if it can be proven that the court did
not act fairly. You have 30 days to request an appeal in your case and
after that, you may have to wait for your parole to come up again.
Once you’re on parole, you are able to work again. Any kind of legitimate
employment opportunity is acceptable by the courts. Full-time work is
always preferable to the courts, but if you can only get part-time work,
this is also good. Any job that is stationary — as in you don’t
have to travel regularly to do your job — is likely to be approved
by the courts.
When it comes to parole, there are many questions you may have. Speaking
with someone familiar with the laws in Maryland can help you make the
best decision about parole or to appeal parole in the case that it’s denied.