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Information About the Parole Hearing Process

Learn who has parole hearings, what happens at parole hearings, and how the Board makes parole decisions.

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What is parole?

Learn what "parole" means and where parole comes from.

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Who will have a parole hearing?

Learn who is eligible for parole hearings, and how parole eligibility can change.

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When will the parole hearing happen?

Learn when parole hearings happen in certain cases.

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How does the Board make parole decisions?

Learn the purpose of parole hearings, what the Board considers, and how the Board makes the decision to grant or deny parole.

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What happens at a parole hearing?

Learn who is present at parole hearings, what happens during a hearing, and what topics are discussed and why.

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What happens after a parole hearing?

Learn how parole hearing decisions are reviewed and finalized, how victims/survivors can participate in that process, and what happens after parole decisions become final.

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California Parole Hearing Process Handbook

The Board has created a comprehensive, in-depth handbook covering all aspects of the parole hearing process.

The Handbook is available through the Board’s website here.