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Information for Offenders

When making decisions about or in any way relating to, the release of an offender, the paramount consideration for the New Zealand Parole Board in every case is the safety of the community.

The New Zealand Parole Board considers offenders who are eligible:

  • for parole
  • to be released on conditions

Offenders' eligible for Parole...

  • can get support from their PCO (Principal Corrections Officer) and other staff
  • will be told when their hearing is
  • invited,in advance, to make submissions to the board (and will be able to get assistance in writing them)
  • are able to request support, such as a translator, lawyer or supporters
  • will be assessed by the board for their risk to the community if released.
  • do not have to serve 'long enough', only until the Board judges they are no longer a risk

Offenders' released on Parole are given conditions that must be followed. These are set out in the Parole Act 2002, although the board has discretion to add others specific to your offending. The length of time these conditions apply for will be part of the hearing outcome.  Offenders on life sentences or ESOs (Extended Supervision Orders) have them for life, for most offenders they usually expire 6 months following sentence end date.

The Board also:

  • for current inmates make a postponement order to schedule an offenders' next hearing for a later time;
  • for current inmates release an offender on compassionate grounds.
  • impose special conditions for an Extended Supervision Order;
  • recall an offender on Parole to prison based on their behaviour, the conditions set, and whether they are presenting an undue risk to the community;
  • vary or cancel any release conditions imposed;
  • The Board also undertakes monitoring hearings.