When a sentenced inmate is granted parole, this means that they are given the opportunity to serve the remainder of their sentence outside of prison under the supervision of Community Corrections, the subdivision of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) responsible for overseeing parolees, as well as the community itself. Parole is intended to enable parolees to live a crime-free and socially-responsible life, be rehabilitated, and to reintegrate into their communities. If parolees are able to successfully achieve these goals, there is a likelihood that the rate of recidivism (re-offending) will decrease. Parole thus serves as a key violence prevention intervention.


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