Parole is when an offender is released from prison prior to serving his or her entire sentence. In order to maintain parole, an offender usually must meet certain requirements. Failure to meet these requirements can result in an offender being placed back into prison.


Commonly known as a lie detector test, a device that measures biological signs to determine if the subject is being deceptive or not.

Post-Release Control

Post-release control is the control that the court system has over an offender who has been released from prison. Often, the court system may regulate the offender's behavior for a period of time beyond the offender's time served in prison.

Public Entity

The term “public entity” means any State or local government; any department, agency, special purpose district, or other instrumentality of a State or States or local government; and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, and any commuter authority.