Parole Information

About the Parole Process

The Wisconsin Parole Commission is the final authority for granting discretionary paroles or early release from prison for crimes committed before December 31, 1999.

Not all offenders are eligible to have parole interviews. Only offenders who were convicted of offenses committed before Dec. 31, 1999 are eligible for parole interviews. Under Wisconsin's Truth-in-Sentencing laws, any person who commits a felony offense on or after Dec. 31, 1999, and is sentenced to at least one year of prison will not be eligible for parole.

Parole refers to an offender's release from prison before reaching his/her mandatory release date. A parole interview is the formal meeting between an offender and a Parole Commissioner to determine whether or not the offender will be granted parole (early release).

Parole interviews occur at the institution where the offender is serving his/her sentence. Offenders do not leave the institution to attend a parole interview. There are no official courtrooms at institutions, so the rooms chosen for these interviews are usually offices or small conference rooms.

For questions, concerns, or to request attendance, please contact the Office of Victim Services and Programs at 1-800-947-5777.