Parole supervision occurs when the Iowa Board of Parole determines it is appropriate to release an individual from a state prison/institution/residential facility prior to the end of their sentence. Parole supervision is similar to probation supervision in that the individual must follow a set of standard conditions, as well as certain special conditions related to the individual’s needs and current conviction as deemed appropriate by the Iowa Board of Parole. Parole clients undergo risk and needs assessments, case planning, and referrals to community agencies. The role of the Parole Officer is to support clients in meeting the standards of supervision through accountability and advocating for services. The Parole Officer monitors the progress of clients through in person and collateral contacts while utilizing core correctional practices.