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Unit 2: Criminal Law

CHAPTER 9: FROM SENTENCING TO RELEASE

E-ACTIVITY: NATIONAL PAROLE BOARD AND CONDITIONAL RELEASE (p. 274)

Activity: Use an Organizer to Compare Types of Conditional Release

In Canada, conditional release—freedom with strings attached—is considered for all offenders. Conditional release is not a right, however, and is certainly not guaranteed. The protection of society always comes first before any form of conditional release becomes a possibility. Who looks after conditional release programs? What are the various forms? Who is eligible? Are we running the risk of increasing the likelihood of repeat offences?

In this activity, you will compare the various types of conditional release using a comparison organizer.

  1. Before you investigate the various types of release, visit the National Parole Board (NPB) Web site to find out more about the role of the National Parole Board, the organization that oversees matters related to all types of release. Then answer the following questions:
    • What is the role of the National Parole Board?
    • Summarize the NPB’s mission statement.
  2. Investigate the various types of release by reading an NPB fact sheet called “Facts: Types of Release”. To find out the recidivism rates for each type of release, visit the NPB news release of September 8, 2000. Use the following organizer to aid in your comparison. Click here to download this organizer.

ORGANIZER TO COMPARE TYPES OF CONDITIONAL RELEASE

Type of Release Temporary absence (escorted) Temporary absence (unescorted) Day parole Full parole Statutory release
Description          
Justification          
Eligibility          
Recent Overall Recidivism Rates
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  1. What patterns do you see in your chart, particularly in relation to recidivism rates? .
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