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How does the Parole Board of Canada make parole decisions?

Parole decisions are made by Board members either through an in-office file review (without a hearing) or a face-to-face hearing with the offender and their parole officer.

In addition to standard face-to-face hearings, offenders can request Elder-Assisted Hearings and Community-Assisted Hearings. These hearings involve an Indigenous Elder or advisor and are often held in a circle format.

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