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Comparative Table: Furlough, Parole, and Remission



  Jan 10, 2024

Comparative Table: Furlough, Parole, and Remission


Comparative Table: Furlough, Parole, and Remission
Criteria Furlough Parole Remission
Definition Temporary leave from prison without a specific reason. Conditional, temporary release for specific reasons like emergencies. Reduction in sentence duration or intensity.
Purpose Alleviate monotony, maintain family ties, societal reintegration Address specific exigencies (medical, family emergencies) Modify the severity of punishment
Legal Basis Governed by prison-specific regulations of states Prison Act, 1894 and 1900 Articles 72 and 161 of the Constitution; Section 432 of CrPC
Discretion Discretionary, can be denied for public safety, especially for serious crimes Granted based on specific conditions and rules Granted by the President, Governors, and State Governments
Eligibility Not available for certain categories of prisoners Subject to the nature of the crime and behavior in prison Depends on the nature of the crime and behavior
Authority State-specific prison authorities State-specific prison authorities, under central laws President, Governors, and State Government under CrPC


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