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What Are the Steps for Applying for Parole in Queensland?

Once you are sentenced to serve time in prison, your parole eligibility timeframe depends on the severity of the crime committed.

Prisoners in Queensland may be allowed to serve the remainder of their sentence in the community under strict conditions and supervision. This is known as parole. The violation of these conditions may result in further charges or being returned to prison. When considering your application, the judge, magistrate or Parole Board’s primary concern is community safety. In order to be considered for parole in Queensland, you need to make an application. We detail the process of applying for parole step-by-step below.

Parole Eligibility

Once you are sentenced to serve time in prison, your parole eligibility timeframe depends on the severity of the crime committed and whether you are sentenced to any further time during parole.

Less Serious Offences

In cases where you are sentenced to 3 years or less for non-sexual or less serious violent offences, your parole release date will be set at the hearing.

Moderate Offences

In the case of mild to moderate offences, a court will give you the date that you become eligible to apply for parole. If the court doesn’t give you a parole eligibility date, you can apply for parole after serving half of your sentence.

Severe Offences

For the most severe offences where you have received life or indefinite sentence, you will be eligible to apply for parole once you have served 80% of your sentence or 15 years in prison (whichever comes first).

You can always apply to the Parole Board for exceptional circumstances parole on compassionate grounds; for example, if you’re seriously ill.

Steps for Applying for Parole in Qld

Step 1: Lodge an Application

As a prisoner, you can apply for parole up to six months before the eligibility date by submitting Form 29 and an Accommodation Risk Assessment form.

Step 2: Interview

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) will arrange an interview for you and staff from Probation & Parole, QCS or a psychologist. This interview will produce a report that goes to the Parole Board to help them determine whether you are a good candidate for parole. You will be asked about criminal history, behaviour in custody and release plans.

Step 3: Arrange Accommodation

QCS will arrange for an accommodation proposal to be sent to the local Probation & Parole office. The suitability of the accommodation for the prisoner will be assessed and compiled into another report for the Parole Board. The Parole Board ultimately determines if the accommodation is suitable and may decide to ask for an alternative proposal.

Other Requirements for Parole

The Parole Board may request further information at any stage of the process when you are applying for parole.

This could include reports of the prisoner’s:

  • Mental health treatment
  • Psychiatric risk assessment

Preliminary Refusal

Your request may result in a preliminary refusal letter sent from the Parole Board. This letter details concerns that the Parole Board has about your release into the community. To maximise your chances of obtaining parole at the earliest possible date, you must make submissions in response that address each concern, arguing why you are suitable. Upon receiving preliminary refusal, you have 14 days to submit a respond unless an extension is negotiated.

The Final Outcome

You will receive a letter notifying you of the final decision regarding your parole application. Refusals will contain a date allowing you to apply for parole again. If you are successful in your application, you will be released from prison and sent to the previously arranged accommodation. You will also be subject to the conditions set by the Parole Board, including regular visitations by QCS.

Contact A Lawyer About Applying For Parole

For more information about applying for parole in Queensland, you can read this factsheet or contact us to get advice from experienced criminal lawyers. We can explain the facts surrounding your case and provide honest and easy to understand legal advice to equip you with the tools to achieve the best possible outcomes. For legal advice and representation, get in touch via email or phone today.