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Running head: Parole and release Parole and Mandatory Release Brian C. Kennedy University of Phoenix CJS230 David Williams 26 Sep 2014 1
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Parole and release Abstract For an offender, the sentencing phases of their cases inform them of their immediate future insofar as incarceration or other rehabilitative means. Once incarcerated, the long wait for the passage of time begins. For some, release from prison can come before the end of their assigned term. This can happen in two ways, a mandatory release in the form of an edict or executive order, or by way of parole (assuming that their offense is eligible for such). Very different from one another, they both readmit an offender into society prior to the completion of their assigned prison term. Parole Early in the life of then parole mechanism, boards of prison officials or political appointees would assemble to hear the plea of an inmate for release based upon their “changed ways” and rehabilitation that had occurred while incarcerated. These boards consisted of any combination of unpaid volunteers to highly paid experts in the correctional and psychological fields (Foster, 2006). Since that time, parole has evolved to be less and less like, well, parole. Referring to the 20 th century in Corrections” The Fundamentals , “the most notable feature of the new parole was that it no longer existed in a third of the states by the end of the century; 2
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Parole and release in the remaining states, its form was much changed.” (Foster, 2006). Parole boards were
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