Parole Eligibility & Public Comment

Anyone may write to the Parole Board and offer comments on a candidate scheduled for parole hearing. When writing to the Board, please include your name, address and contact information. To ensure your comments are received on time, please submit all comments before the first of the month. Contact Us.

Generally speaking, Rhode Island law allows inmates to be considered for parole after they have served one-third (1/3) of their prison sentence. Life sentences, sentences for first or second degree murder, sentences for first-degree child abuse, and some consecutive sentence terms have different parole eligibility calculations. Certain “habitual criminal” sentences or "life without parole" sentences are not eligible for parole. Please refer to the Links to RI law governing parole for specifics. 

Once a person is sentenced by the court, the Department of Corrections calculates parole eligibility on that sentence (or sentences) and each month provides a list to the Parole Board of eligible inmates to be scheduled for parole consideration. Our staff assembles a file for each inmate scheduled for parole consideration and also sends notice of the upcoming parole hearing to the named victim(s) in the case. 

Anyone may write to the Parole Board and offer comments on a candidate scheduled for parole hearing. When writing to the Board, please include your name, address and contact information. To ensure your comments are received on time, please submit all comments before the first of the month. Contact Us.

All information about a candidate for parole is provided in advance to parole board members who will eventually consider the parole application.  

We publish a list of parole eligible candidates monthly in The Providence Journal, to the RI Secretary of State public meetings website and also to this website.