In New Jersey, a parole hearing is an important part of the parole process.  Before any inmate is granted parole, a hearing must take place to determine if the inmate should be released.

However, many inmates are fully aware of all the factors used to determine release eligibility.

Evidence Supplied by the Inmate

In most cases, evidence supplied by the inmate is in the parole packet submitted by the inmate or the inmates family.  This includes information on how the inmate will successfully reintegrate into society.  

Evidence Provided by the Victim

This evidence can be in the form of a Victim Impact Statement or witness testimony.

Past Criminal History

In New Jersey, a record of the inmates criminal history is used when determining parole eligibility.

Psychological Evaluations

The Psychological Evaluation obtained during intake when the inmate first entered the prison system is sometimes used to determine parole eligibility.

Reports from Prison Staff

All reports (both good and bad) created by prison staff are available to parole officials during parole considerations.  These can be reports of group activity, participation in religious or education activities or jobs.

Other Evidence Involving Bad and Good Behavior

Any other reports in the inmates which reflect the inmates behavior can be used by parole officials to determine parole eligibility.  

Once all the reports are collected, the parole board will make a parole determination.   Also considered is the likelihood of returning to prison and repeating criminal behavior once released on parole.