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Consequences of Breaching Parole

When a prisoner does not meet a condition or requirement of parole, this is considered a breach of parole. For example if there is a condition to attend for urinalysis testing for drugs or alcohol and the prisoner:

  • fails to attend the test on the right day; or
  • the test results indicate illegal drug use 

This is considered a breach of parole.

When the Board is told of a breach, it has three choices:

  • issue a warning letter;
  • suspend parole (this means being arrested and going back to prison for a fixed period and then released to the community on parole); or
  • cancel parole (this means being arrested and going back to prison until the end of the sentence or until the prisoner reapplies for parole and the Board agrees they can be released on parole).

Reports of breaches, which can come to attention from many sources, including police, Community Corrections Officers, victims or members of the public are considered by the Board at its regular meetings.

Last updated: 10-Oct-2016

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