What is parole?

Parole is the early conditional release of an individual from a correctional facility into the community, under the supervision of the Department of Court Services, for the remainder of his/her adjudged sentence.  They must have served at least one third of their sentence before being deemed eligible for parole.  Eligibility does not in itself denote release on parole, the individual must also be deemed to be suitable and present as being amenable for supervision in the community with minimal risks to re-offend.

The role of the Supervising Probation Officer is to ensure that parolees abide by the conditions of their parole by monitoring and supporting parolees, thus reducing their risk of re-offending.

The goal of the parole team

  • Assist clients to successfully complete their term of parole.
  • Enhance life and social skills.
  • Address client needs.
  • To encourage and support productivity.
  • Provide consistent support.
  • To decrease risk issues
  • Hold offenders accountable
  • Assist in upholding the compliance to the release conditions

When is one eligible for parole?


An individual serving a term of incarceration longer than twelve (12) months can be eligible for consideration, upon completion of one third of their imposed sentence. An individual serving a life sentence shall serve at least 15 years of incarceration before any application for release on parole may be considered or granted by the Parole Board.


Prior to release on parole, a member of the Parole Team will meet with the inmate to review the Parole Order and establish a reporting schedule. The client must report to the Department Court Services on the day of release at the scheduled time at which time, the parolee must provide a urine sample for analysis.


General parole conditions


(Prescribed by the Parole Board)

  1. To appear before the Parole Board when required.
  2. To be supervised by a designated office.
  3. To report to supervising officer where and when instructed to do so.
  4. Not to commit an offence against the Laws of Bermuda.
  5. Not to leave Bermuda without the written consent of the Parole Board.
  6. To maintain regular employment and to immediately inform supervising officer if employment circumstances change.
  7. To reside at the address specified by the Parole Board and to immediately report any loss or change of accommodation to the Supervising Officer
  8. To at no time be found in the possession of a controlled substance or intoxicant.
  9. To be tested for controlled substances or intoxicants when and where directed. Positive test results shall be presumptive evidence of the possession of the said substance or intoxicant. 

Special Conditions – In addition to the above general conditions, special conditions may also be applied. Such conditions are added to a Parole Order by the Parole Board when considering information forwarded to them from the Department of Court Services or the Department of Corrections.


Parolees may be requested to appear before the Parole Board for a Review within a time frame specified by the Parole Board.  Additionally, a parolee who violates any condition of his/her Parole Order will be notified via Natural Justice Notice to appear before the Board for a Breach hearing. 

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