Declaration of Principles
National Parole Conference

  1. The paroling authority should be impartial, non-political, professionally competent, and able to give the time necessary for full consideration of each case;
  2. The sentencing and parole laws should endow the paroling authority with broad discretion in determining the time and conditions of release;
  3. The paroling authority should have complete and reliable information concerning the prisoner, his background, and the situation which will confront him on his release;
  4. The parole program of treatment and training shold be an integral part of a system of criminal justice;
  5. The period of imprisonment should be used to repare the individual vocationally, physically, mentally, and spiritually for return to society;
  6. The community through its social agencies, public and private, and in cooperation with the parole service should accept the responsibility for improving home and neighborhood conditions in preparation for the prisoner's release;
  7. The parole offender should be carefully supervised and promptly reimprisoned or otherwise disciplined if he does not demonstrate capacity and willingness to fulfill the obligations of a law-abiding citizen;
  8. The supervision of the paroled offender should be exercised by qualified persons trained and experienced in the task of guiding social readjustments;
  9. The state should provide adequate financial support for a parole system, including sufficient personnel selected and retained in office upon the basis of merit;
  10. The public should recognize the necessity of giving the paroled offender a fair opportunity to earn an honest living and maintain self-respect to the end that he may be truly rehabilitated and the public adequately protected.