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Parole and Furlough

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    8th Sep, 2020
  • Parole is a system of releasing a prisoner with suspension of the sentence. The release is conditional, usually subject to behaviour, and requires periodic reporting to the authorities for a set period of time.
  • Parole may be denied to a convict while furlough is seen as a matter of right, to be granted periodically irrespective of any reason and to enable the prisoner to retain family and social ties.
  • Parole is not a matter of right and may be denied to a prisoner even when he makes out a sufficient case.
  • Furlough is typically given in cases of long jail terms. The period of furlough granted to a prisoner is treated as remission of his sentence.
  • Usually, furlough can be obtained thrice a year and is given to inmates with good behaviour.
  • Parole is granted by the state executive and competent authority takes a final decision on grant of parole on humanitarian considerations.
  • If parole is rejected, the convict can move the High Court challenging the order of the competent authority.
  • Also, apart from regular parole, the superintendent of a jail can also grant parole up to a period of seven days in emergent cases.

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