Archive for Navigating the Correctional System

What can I expect during a prison visit?

Every institution has slightly different procedures for prison visits, but the following points apply to many institutions:   You’ll have to sign in at the entrance—make sure you have photo ID.   If you have any unauthorized property, you’ll need…

Who decides if a federal inmate gets parole?

Ultimately, the Parole Board of Canada decides whether federal inmates get parole, but others provide recommendations to help the Board. These include: Community Assessment Team (CAT). This typically consists of individuals like parole officers, police officers, community representatives, halfway house…

7 Tips for a successful parole hearing

Prepare. The Board has access to offenders’ correctional documents and will base their questions around the information contained in those documents. Reviewing documents beforehand can help avoid surprises at a parole hearing.   Be open, honest, and transparent. Attempting to…

When are inmates eligible for parole?

Inmates are generally eligible for parole after serving 1/3 or 7 years of their sentence (whichever is less). Parole eligibility for those serving life sentences is decided at sentencing. In addition to parole, inmates may be eligible for other types…

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