First and foremost, it is important to ensure that you understand that Parole must be applied for, it is not an automatic process and it is a privilege not a right. Early on in incarceration a Parole Officer will contact you to discuss Parole and applying. From time of application to time of hearing is usually months, not uncommon for it to be 4-6 months or longer.
In summary, parole eligibility is determined as follows:
Day Parole: Offenders become eligible after serving the longer of (a) all but 6 months before full parole eligibility or (b) 6 months.
Full Parole: Offenders generally become eligible after serving the lesser of (a) one-third of their sentence or (b) 7 years of their sentence.
A detailed Parole Timeline Brochure can be found on our Resources page in the Downloads section.
We are in the process of creating this interactive calculator to help you determine and understand the important dates in your incarceration, not only Parole Eligibility but also eligibility for Escorted and Unescorted Temporary Absences, and Statutory release dates.