Queensland is known for its strict laws. For example, it’s illegal to drink in public, and there are strict rules about the use of mobile phones while driving. However, not all laws are that simple to understand. One such law is parole. Parole is an early release from prison before the end of your sentence. But what are the conditions of parole? And what does this mean for you?
What is parole?
Parole is a formal release from prison for criminals who have been sentenced to serve a prison sentence. It’s the beginning of your sentence being transferred to a longer prison term. The longer term will give you the chance to get your life back on track and secure your release later. Parole is an opportunity to reflect on the crime you have committed, the circumstances of your crime, and the impact it has had on the community. You must be sentenced to at least one year and serve your minimum jail term. This is usually due to armed robbery, arson or sexual offences. If you are given parole before you serve your minimum jail term, it is usually because your sentence is very short, such as a term of three to seven years or less. Why am I being refused parole?
Who can apply for parole?
You may be eligible for parole if you’re serving a sentence for an offence that carries a sentence of three years or less. If you’ve been convicted of an offence punishable with a term of imprisonment of more than three years, you’re unlikely to be eligible for parole. There are two main factors that determine whether you’ll be eligible for parole. The offence for which you’re serving your sentence must have a sentence of less than three years. But it doesn’t have to have been a life-threatening offence or be an offence which carries a maximum penalty of ten years. If your crimes weren’t serious enough to attract an automatic 10-year sentence, and you’re still under the age of 21, you can apply for parole. What are the conditions of parole in Queensland?
What are the conditions of parole?
The conditions of parole are two-fold: Bonding condition You are supervised by your parole officer for the next 12 months after you’re released from prison. Conviction condition You must enrol in a cognitive behavioural therapy program for substance abuse. This program may take up to 18 months. Once you have completed the program you will have to be assessed by the program psychologist to see if the program is effective and if you’ve learned the skills to avoid another offense. If you reoffend, you could be returned to prison. You will be supervised by the parole officer for the next six months after your release from prison. You are usually released on parole after serving half of your sentence. However, this may vary depending on the seriousness of the offence.
How does eligibility work?
On an objective level, parole eligibility is determined by an electronic monitor (known as a warden) who determines whether you are “fit and proper” to be released. You are deemed eligible for parole if you meet three main conditions: You can’t be sentenced to more than five years in jail. You don’t pose a risk to the community. You’re not a suicide risk. How does parole work? When you apply for parole, you’re usually asked for a “preliminary offender risk assessment”, which helps determine how likely you are to re-offend. The warden will also ask you about any misdemeanours you’ve committed, how you were found to have breached parole conditions, your income and family support (if you’re receiving assistance for parenting) and your social or mental health.
Queensland’s criminal code is ever evolving. As you can see from the codes we’ve covered, the Queensland state government keeps up with the times, which makes their laws easier to follow. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to understand the latest laws before you set out on a new adventure in Queensland. However, there are other factors to consider, such as the city you’re planning to visit and the activity you plan to undertake.