What can a prisoner do if denied parole?
- Kate Mitchell
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In the provincial and federal correctional systems, prisoners can appeal if they are denied parole. The appeal needs to be sent to the Parole Board of Canada’s Appeal Division (for federal prisoners) or to the Chair of the Ontario Parole Board (for provincial prisoners). If the decision is upheld after the internal appeal, there is still the option of pursing judicial review.
Prisoners can also reapply for parole. However, there may be a waiting period.
Federal prisoners generally have to wait one year before reapplying for day parole, and the Board may wait up to two years to conduct another full parole review. However, those convicted of violent offences may have to wait up to five years to have another parole hearing.
Provincial prisoners may need to show a change of circumstances or present new information to receive a new hearing.