Parole is the conditional release of an offender from prison prior to their maximum release date. Most inmates become eligible for parole consideration after having served one-third of their prison sentence.
In some instances, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles will grant reprieves to inmates who have at least a minimum of 30 days remaining in prison. When these offenders are released from prison, they are placed under the supervision of DCS. They are monitored with the same level of committment and attention as offenders who have been released under normal parole circumstances.
The Parole Board may grant reprieves to inmates who have been declared terminally ill by the Department of Corrections. Requests for medical reprieves are initiated by the Department of Corrections Medical Reprieve Coordinator. To apply for a medical reprieve, the inmate’s medical condition must meet the following criteria:
- The inmate must suffer from an incurable illness.
The inmate must be entirely incapacitated requiring assistance with the activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing, breathing, walking, etc.
The inmate must have a life expectancy of less than 12 months.
If issued a reprieve, these offenders must comply with all standard conditions of release as well as any special conditions imposed by the Parole Board. In many cases, these offenders are placed on 24/7 home confinement with exceptions only being made for medical appointments.