How does parole work for deportable federal inmates?
- Kate Mitchell
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If a removal order under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act has been made against an inmate, then that inmate is ineligible for day parole or Unescorted Temporary Absences (“UTAs”) until their full parole eligibility date.
A deportable inmate can be deported once they reach their full parole eligibility date, if granted either UTAs or parole. The Parole Board of Canada can grant parole even if the offender does not consent.
If a removal order has not been made, then the offender is eligible for UTAs, day parole, and full parole. The standard eligibility dates apply. However, if a foreign offender is released on a UTA or day parole and a removal order is subsequently made, then the UTA or parole is cancelled and the offender gets re-incarcerated.
Foreign offenders who are not the subject of a removal order may request a voluntary departure to reside in another country while on parole. The receiving country generally needs to confirm to the Board that it is willing to accept the inmate. The Board will consider whether there would be effective supervision and monitoring if sent to that country.