The New Zealand Parole Board makes public safety decisions about the managed release of long-term prisoners.
Parole aids reintegration, by permitting eligible offenders to finish their sentence in the community, subject to conditions set by the Board.
Compliance is closely monitored by probation officers from Community Corrections.
Monitoring hearings can be held, and an offender can be recalled to prison if their parole conditions are breached.
Besides parole, the Board also has many other functions. These include considering compassionate release applications, and imposing conditions for offenders on extended supervision orders.
The paramount consideration in every case is the safety of the community.