Parole is never unconditional and prisoners must agree in writing to comply with conditions set by the Parole Board.
Failure to comply with parole conditions could result in being returned to prison.
The following conditions apply to all parolees:
- they must not commit an offence
- they must not consume alcohol or drugs
- they must not possess a weapon
- they must be under the supervision of a Community Corrections Officer, and
- they must obey any reasonable direction from the Community Corrections Officer.
Common additional conditions
The Parole Board is able to add further conditions if they feel necessary.
Common conditions include:
- alcohol and drug testing will be carried out
- not entering licensed premises
- not associating with certain individuals
- not entering particular zones
- electronic monitoring for a period of time, and
- subject to curfew.
Breaching the conditions
Parole is automatically cancelled if an offender:
- commits and offence while on parole, or
- breaches the condition related to a firearm.
If an offender is automatically returned to prison and they have more than a year of their sentence to complete they can apply to the court for a new non-parole period.
The Parole Board review each breach and may decide to either cancel the parole of the offender or impose further conditions like community service.
The Department for Correctional Services is not responsible for setting parole conditions. We manage the offender and report breaches to the Parole Board and may recommend additional conditions for the Parole Board to consider.