Discretionary Parole Law & Legal Definition


Discretionary parole is a parole granted before an offender completes his/her sentence, subject to certain conditions put forth by the parole board. A discretionary parole is granted after carefully reviewing the information relating to the prisoner and determining that his/her release is not harmful to the society, the prisoner's reintegration into society will be furthered by release on parole, and the prisoner will live at liberty without violating any laws or conditions imposed by the board.

The following is an example of a state statute (Alaska) on ‘discretionary parole.’

According to Alaska Stat. § 33.16.900, "discretionary parole" means the release of a prisoner by the board before the expiration of a term, subject to conditions imposed by the board and subject to its custody and jurisdiction; "discretionary parole" does not include "special medical parole".