Blogs by PROD: Parole
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IntroThis blog will be specific to parole in California. Parole is essentially conditional freedom to someone otherwise sentenced to incarceration. This individual, called a "parolee” gets out from behind bars, but has to abide by a series of criteria. A parolee who doesn't follow the rules risks being put back into custody.
ParoleIn situations when parole is possible, the state's parole board or sentencing commission makes the decision to parole a prisoner. Parole can be either discretionary or mandatory. WIth discretionary parole, the parole authority has wide latitude in choosing when to parole a prisoner, starting when the prisoner has served the minimum sentence. Mandatory parole means the sentencing statute specifies that parole must be granted after a certain period of time. Your Notice and Conditions of Parole will give the date that you are released from prison and the maximum length of time you may be on parole.
All California inmates released from state prisons, who are subject to a period of State parole supervision, will have certain general conditions of parole that must be followed by any parolee. You do not have the same rights as a regular civilian while on parole. You, your residence (where you live or stay) and your possessions can be searched at any time, with or without a warrant, and with or without a reason, by any parole agent or police officer. You must waive extradition if you are found outside of the state.
You also must also be available to your parole officer as needed once you leave the prison, and are subject to their orders and reports as well. First, you must report to your parole agent within one day of your release from prison or jail. Additionally, you must appear at the behest of your parole agent whenever you are told to report or a warrant can be issued for your arrest.You must always give your parole agent the address where you live and work, including giving them advance notice when you move or notifying them within three days if the location of your job changes/you get a new job.
Moreover, you must follow all of your parole agent’s verbal and written instructions. This includes asking your parole agent for permission to travel more than 50 miles from your residence. You must have your parole agent’s approval before you travel or you will be violating parole, no exception. You also must ask for and get a travel pass from your parole agent before you leave the county for more than two days, regardless of whether youre within the mile limit. Likewise you must ask for and get a travel pass from your parole agent before you can leave the State, and you must carry your travel pass on your person at all times.
As would stand to reason, you must obey ALL laws.If you break the law, you can be arrested and incarcerated in a county jail even if you do not have any new criminal charges. And if you get arrested or get a ticket, you must notify your parole agent immediately.
You must not own, use, or have access to any weapon that is prohibited by the California Penal Code. Being around guns, or anything that looks like a real gun, bullets, or any other weapons is also prohibited. You must not have a knife with a blade longer than two inches except a kitchen knife; kitchen knives must be kept in your kitchen.
Knives you use for work are allowed only when approved by your parole agent but they can only be carried while you are at work or going to and from work. You must ask for a note from your parole agent that approves carrying the k