Supervision of conditional release

Conditional release, also known as parole, means the release of a prisoner sentenced to unconditional imprisonment to serve the remainder of the sentence in freedom. Only a specific proportion of a sentence is served in prison and the last part in freedom with or without supervision.

A conditionally released prisoner is placed under supervision if

  • the part of the prison sentence not served in prison is longer than one year
  • the offence was committed when under 21 years old
  • the prisoner so requests
  • the prisoner is placed in probationary liberty under supervision before the actual release and committed to pharmacotherapy aimed to prevent new sexual offences
  • the risk of a prisoner sentenced for murder, manslaughter, or attempted murder committing a new violent offence is assessed to be high
  • the risk of a prisoner, who is serving a prison sentence for a violent or sexual offence and has a prior sentence for a similar offence, committing a new violent or sexual offence is assessed to be high.

Brochure on the supervision of conditional release (pdf, 0.27 Mt)

The Criminal Sanctions Agency is responsible for the organisation and implementation of the supervision. The supervisor is an official of the Criminal Sanctions Agency who works in a community sanctions office. A private person with appropriate training and work experience may be appointed as an assistant supervisor.

The goal of the supervision is to prevent recidivism by increasing the abilities of the released prisoner to adopt a life without crime. Therefore, the prisoner is involved in the preparation of an individual supervision plan, which aims to support social coping. The plan is coordinated with the sentence plan drawn up in prison and other plans drawn up elsewhere, for instance, in social services. The preparation of the supervision plan is started in good time prior to the release so that the plan can be taken into use at the beginning of the supervision.

The supervision lasts for the probationary period, which can be three years at the most. For justified reasons, the supervisor may propose an earlier termination of the supervision.

The Criminal Sanctions Agency pays reasonable travel expenses related to the supervision appointments. The amount is based on the costs of using public transport.

Published 7.1.2020