If you are on parole in the state of New Jersey, you may have some questions. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers for parolees in the state.
— How will I know when I am eligible for parole?
Those sentenced to state prison, get a copy of their parole eligibility date after they begin serving their sentences. If you still have questions, request an appointment with the parole counselor.
— What determines my parole eligibility date?
Sentences with no mandatory minimum terms are based on a third of your sentence minus any credit for time spent in county jails and other credits like “good time.” Life sentences without mandatory-minimum term have eligibility after 25 years, minus jail credits and time off for good behavior, etc.
— I think my jail credits were improperly calculated. How can I fix this?
As these credits are set by the judge who sentenced you, either you or your criminal attorney are responsible for contacting the judge if there is a mistake. He or she is the only authority able to correct any mistakes. Parole laws require that inmates serve a minimum of nine months before being eligible for parole. Called the “nine-month restriction,” only time spent locked up in county jail will apply toward this period.
— Are there ways to shorten my parole eligibility date?
Yes. For those not serving sentences with mandatory minimum terms, there are four types of credits to reduce your sentence. “Good time,” also known as “commutation credits,” can be accrued by inmates who are not determined to be guilty of any disciplinary charges.
One work credit is given for each five days worked.
Three minimum custody credits can be earned for every month served during your first year. After that, you can earn five custody credits for each month served at minimum custody status.
Parole contract credits can be applied against your sentence by your agreeing to the parole conditions and upon completion of any recommended programs.
If you have further questions regarding your parole eligibility, your criminal defense attorney may be able to assist you.
Source: nj.us, “The Parole Book,” The New Jersey Parole Board, accessed July 17, 2015