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Parole is a way of letting approved prisoners serve part of their sentence in the community once the Parole Board decides they are not an unacceptable risk to the safety of the community.

Prisoners on parole are usually supervised and must comply with certain conditions in order to remain in the community. These conditions are designed to protect the safety of community members and to monitor prisoners’ circumstances and behaviour.

Parole does not free prisoners from their sentence. Prisoners on parole continue to serve their sentence in the community where they can further their own rehabilitation and restore their relationships.

Victims of crime who are registered with the Victims Register will be notified when an offender lodges an application for parole and invited to make a written submission to the Parole Board within 21 days.

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