Steiner is a contributing author for Nolo and a member of the
California State Bar. Monica earned her undergraduate degree from the
University of California, Berkeley; and her J.D. from the University of
California, Hastings College of the Law. Her practice experience includes real
estate/land use transactions, landlord/tenant law, foreclosure and short sales,
and business entity formation.
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What does "time off for good behavior" mean? How much do you get off in the federal system?
Under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, Congress eliminated parole for federal prisoners convicted of crimes committed on or after November 1, 1987. But the U.S. Parole Commission still exists. What is its current role?
In the federal system, supervised release (sometimes also called special or mandatory parole) is a preliminary period of restricted freedom for recently released prisoners.
Parole is a prison inmate’s privilege of conditional freedom. The prisoner gets out from behind bars, but has to live up to a series of responsibilities.
Usually, prosecutors must show that the defendant acted intentionally or knowingly. But, with strict liability crimes, the prosecution doesn’t need to prove that a defendant intended to do something that's illegal.