Prisoners' release dates are determined by the sentencing laws, sentencing judge and the New Zealand Parole Board. On release some offenders will automatically have standard conditions of release imposed.
Under certain criteria prisoners may be eligible for temporary release, which is granted on a case-by-case basis.
When eligible, an offender's case is heard by the Parole Board who decides whether to grant parole, and if there are any conditions of release.Learn more about Release
Release on conditions
Offenders sentenced to between one year and two years' imprisonment automatically have standard conditions of release imposed, unless otherwise specified.Learn more about Release on conditions
Temporary release is granted on a case-by-case basis. Temporary release could be for a funeral, family visit or a home visit.Learn more about Temporary release
The New Zealand Parole Board considers a prisoner's case and decides whether they are released into the community under the supervision of a probation officer.Learn more about Parole
An extended supervision order, imposed by the court, allows Corrections to monitor high risk sex and very violent offenders following their prison sentence.Learn more about Extended supervision
Public protection orders
A public protection order is a court order that allows the detention of very high risk individuals at a secure facility within prison precincts.Learn more about Public protection orders