You may be able to get parole, which means you can leave prison or be released from custody before the end of your sentence.

The rules are different in Scotland, Northern Ireland or if you’re a young offender.

How to apply

  1. Apply for parole if you have a fixed-term sentence. The government will apply for you if you have a life sentence.

  2. The Parole Board will decide whether you’ll get a hearing. You may have to represent yourself if you can’t get legal aid or don’t have a solicitor.

What happens next

If you get parole you’ll be kept under supervision, known as being ‘on licence’ or probation. You may be released or transferred to an open prison, sometimes known as ‘open conditions’. Open conditions have lower security than closed prisons, and you won’t be locked up in a cell.

Your case will be reviewed again within 2 years if you don’t get parole.

Challenge the Parole Board’s decision

You may be able challenge the Parole Board’s decision.