Until reading this article, I thought all states had some form of parole for prisoners. I agree with giving prisoners time off or early release when they follow the rules in prison and show that they have made some positive changes.
My concern would be that prisoners would be released early without anywhere to go or any job opportunities, but the article does say that those applying for parole have to show they have a plan for supporting themselves when they get out, so that makes me even more in favor of giving them a chance to get back into society.
The article also mentions that at a parole hearing victims and members of the community are allowed to express their opinions and concerns. This is also good. However, I would go a step further and say that no inmate should be released on parole unless his victims agree to the early release. After all, these are the people who were hurt, so their feelings should not be ignored.