What is temporary release?

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Temporary release allows prisoners to leave prison for a short time to deal with important personal matters. For example, a prisoner might apply for temporary release in order to attend a parent’s funeral. Another reason for temporary release is to allow prisoners to work outside of prison during the day and look for housing prior to being formally paroled. Typically, prisoners who are granted temporary release:

  • are considered nonviolent
  • have behaved well while in prison
  • do not have extensive histories of criminal behavior, and
  • are virtually certain to return to prison in accordance with the terms of their leave.

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