Parole offers an opportunity for people to be released from prison before completing their entire sentence. By implementing strategies that remove barriers to success, policymakers can reduce recidivism and improve positive outcomes such as employment.

Key points:

  • The criteria for deciding who is paroled should be objective and focused on reducing risks to public safety going forward.
  • Parole boards should possess a diverse range of relevant areas of expertise and provide opportunities for meaningful participation by parole candidates and others with an interest in the outcome.
  • Parole supervision and reentry should emphasize removing barriers to employment, incentives for performance, quality interactions between parole officers and those they supervise, and avenues for community-based organizations to assist people coming out of prison.