Parole – the term refers to an early release from incarceration in which the prisoner promises to heed certain conditions (usually set in the local legislation or proclaimed by the parole commission) and under the supervision of a parole officer. Any violation of those conditions would result in the return of the person, called “parolee”, back to jail until the end of the punishment period. It could also mean a suspended sentence. A synonym is “release”. The term should be separated than “pardon” which means individual and retrospective deleting of the criminal punishment/charge so the convicted is considered as if they have never committed the crime.

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