Prisoners' release dates are determined by the sentencing laws, sentencing judge and the New Zealand Parole Board. On release some offenders will automatically have standard conditions of release imposed.

Under certain criteria prisoners may be eligible for temporary release, which is granted on a case-by-case basis.

  • Release

    When eligible, an offender's case is heard by the Parole Board who decides whether to grant parole, and if there are any conditions of release.

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  • Release on conditions

    Offenders sentenced to between one year and two years' imprisonment automatically have standard conditions of release imposed, unless otherwise specified.

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  • Temporary release

    Temporary release is granted on a case-by-case basis. Temporary release could be for a funeral, family visit or a home visit.

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  • Parole

    The New Zealand Parole Board considers a prisoner's case and decides whether they are released into the community under the supervision of a probation officer.

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  • Extended supervision

    An extended supervision order, imposed by the court, allows Corrections to monitor high risk sex and very violent offenders following their prison sentence.

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  • Public protection orders

    A public protection order is a court order that allows the detention of very high risk individuals at a secure facility within prison precincts.

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