Parole is the conditional release of an inmate from incarceration to continue serving the balance of his or her sentence under supervision within the community. Parole is a privilege, not a right; it is not automatic or guaranteed. It may be revoked for violations of the conditions of parole or for new criminal convictions.

The parole process is best described as a series of steps not only for the inmate as he/she prepares for the parole interview, but also for the Parole Board itself as it reviews and processes hundreds of cases each month. Understanding the nuances of the parole process can be challenging. This section examines the key phases of the overall parole process.