Parole is an early release of an inmate who is then subject to continued monitoring as well as compliance with certain terms and conditions for a specified period.
Ever since the San Andreas Parole Board has been handed to the Department of Corrections (previously Prison Liaison Department of the LSPD was in charge of it), approximately 150 prisoners were paroled and majority of them successfully ended their parole period. Approximately 50 however, were found in violation of their parole conditions and were brought back to prison. The San Andreas Parole Board has been replaced by the Parole Operations Unit, an unit dedicated to management and supervisions of parolees, following already established objects with better resources, training, and more personnel. The Parole Operations Unit is under the Field Operations Bureau of the San Andreas Department of Corrections. Parole Agents operating in this unit are responsible for the parole of inmates and the surveillance of active parolees.
- An inmate may be denied parole without a hearing if they do not meet required standards for one to be considered for parole (time of their release, imprisoned for blacklisted charges etc.). The handling Parole Agent's decision may depart from the parole guidelines range but they must provide, in writing, substantial and compelling reasons in support of the decision.
An inmate cannot be considered for parole if they have been imprisoned for any of the following San Andreas Penal Code charges:
- (1)03. Attempted Murder with the Government Worker Clause
- (1)07. Kidnapping
- (1)08. Manslaughter
- (1)09. Murder
- (1)12. Mayhem
- (4)19. Introduction Of Contraband
- (4)20. Violation of Parole Or Probation
For an inmate to be eligible for parole, they need to have served than 50% of their original sentence left.
- Paroling process can only start if an inmate requests it, meaning neither the Department of Corrections neither the Parole Operations Unit will ask an inmate if they want to be paroled or not. It is on an inmate to contact any Correctional Officer on duty and inform them of the request. In case that CO is not a member of the Parole Operations Unit, the inmate will be redirected to a Parole Agent.
As soon as an inmate shows initiative for parole, paroling process starts. The handling Parole Agent performs a thorough background on the inmate in question. If the background check (criminal record, isolation record) is successful, the inmate is subsequently interviewed by the handling Parole Agent regarding their future plans and personal information, details. Information regarding the inmate's behavior during their sentence, vocational programs and attempts at rehabilitation are all collected and compiled in their file. The purpose of the parole interview is to determine whether the individual is ready to be returned to society or not.
If all requirements explained above are met, the individual is paroled.
- Before an inmate is paroled, an ankle monitor is placed on them for monitoring. They need to be monitored and supervised by Parole Agents on so called parole check-ups. Parole check up is supervision of a parolee. It can be a contact supervision, when a parolee is visited (previously scheduled or not), or a non contact one, in which parolee is only verbally questioned via phone.
The purpose of parole check-ups is to see whether a parolee is following parole regulations and is appropriately adjusting to life outside of prison. Supervisions may vary from very obvious ones, such as a Parole Agent scheduling a visit with a parolee and subsequently questions them about work and general life style, to more discreet ones, when parolee doesn't even know he/she is being watched.
Most basic conditions are that a parolee needs to stay away from potentially illegal groups, that they can not drink alcohol and/or use narcotics, they may not carry weapons and may not be processed for any kind of crime. Further conditions that a parolee needs to agree on are placed on a case to case basis.
If you have any more questions regarding paroles and parole procedures, you may contact the Director of the Parole Operations Unit.