Parole is an important part of the criminal justice system, allowing convicted citizens who reform to make an early exit from prison. Like every other part of the legal system in the United States, the parole system frequently undergoes changes to better serve the public interest.
Changes in Parole In Louisiana
The recent changes in Louisiana have given more freedom for earlier parole and shorter probation after prison time has been served. This freedom is mostly used by judges, and allows them to make rulings on a case-by-case basis, rather than having terms be exactly dictated by the law.
- A shorter parole period and shorter probation may now be options for people who have committed multiple felonies, provided that the felonies are not violent or sexual crimes.
- Minimum probation may be waved for a variety of lower level violent crimes.
- For many less “serious” crimes, the mandatory parole and probation period has been shortened.
- It is now more difficult for a parole violator to be returned to prison and easier for prisoners to earn “good time” served.
- Juveniles convicted of murder now have a reduced parole period.
Many of these changes are conditional and applicable only in specific cases, but all represent an increased chance of parole for prisoners in a variety of situations.
Understand the Law When It Matters Most
Parole is an essential component of the legal system, particularly for people incarcerated for felonies. It is essential to understand the laws and the changes that have been made recently. At the Law Office of J. Bradley Cockrell, we can help you understand the legal system and what the best option is for your case. If you or someone you know needs help navigating parole law, give us a call at (337) 234-3330. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.