Federal community supervision: federal parolE
The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 eliminated federal parole for most people convicted of a federal crime. Now, instead of defendant’s serving an indeterminate sentence (i.e., one where a parole board determines how much of the Judge’s sentence you serve), all federal defendants serve 85% of his or her sentence. This is much like “mandatory release” discussed below. See the information on “RELEASE PLANNING” at Appendix II, PG. 320. In light of the Sentencing Reform Act, only a few groups of individuals are serving a federal parole sentences.