Parole Conditions

All inmates released from a California State prison who are subject to a period of State parole supervision will have conditions of parole that must be followed. Some parolees will have imposed special conditions of parole which must also be followed. Special conditions of parole are related to the commitment offense and/or criminal history and will discourage criminal behavior, improving the parolee’s chances for success on parole.

Conditions of Parole and Special Conditions of Parole are defined as:

  • Conditions of Parole – the general written rules you must follow.
  • Special Conditions of Parole – these are special rules imposed in addition to the general conditions of parole and must also be followed. They are related to your commitment offense and/or criminal history, and may be imposed by the Board of Parole Hearings, by the court, or by your parole agent.

General Conditions of Parole:

  • Your Notice and Conditions of Parole will give the date that you are released from prison and the maximum length of time you may be on parole.
  • You, your residence (where you live or stay) and your possessions can be searched at any time of the day or night, with or without a warrant, and with or without a reason, by any parole agent or police officer.
  • You must waive extradition if you are found outside of the state.
  • You must report to your parole agent within one day of your release from prison or jail.
  • You must always give your parole agent the address where you live and work.
  • You must give your parole agent your new address before you move.
  • You must notify your parole agent within three days if the location of your job changes, or if you get a new job.
  • You must report to your parole agent whenever you are told to report or a warrant can be issued for your arrest.
  • You must follow all of your parole agent’s verbal and written instructions.
  • You must ask your parole agent for permission to travel more than 50 miles from your residence and you must have your parole agent’s approval before you travel.
  • You must ask for and get a travel pass from your parole agent before you leave the county for more than two days.
  • You must ask for and get a travel pass from your parole agent before you can leave the State, and you must carry your travel pass on your person at all times.
  • You must obey ALL laws.
  • If you break the law, you can be arrested and incarcerated in a county jail even if you do not have any new criminal charges.
  • You must notify your parole agent immediately if you get arrested or get a ticket.
  • You must not be around guns, or anything that looks like a real gun, bullets, or any other weapons.
  • You must not have a knife with a blade longer than two inches except a kitchen knife. Kitchen knives must be kept in your kitchen.
  • Knives you use for work are allowed only when approved by your parole agent but they can only be carried while you are at work or going to and from work. You must ask for a note from your parole agent that approves carrying the knife while going to and from work, and you must carry the note with you at all times.
  • You must not own, use, or have access to any weapon that is prohibited by the California Penal Code.