Section 44. Release on parole

The convicted person may be released on parole before the end of the period of preventive detention. If a minimum term has been set, the convicted person may not be released on parole before the end of the minimum term. The parole period shall be between one and five years in length.
If the convicted person or the correctional services apply for release on parole, the prosecuting authority brings the case before the district court, which decides it by judgment. When the prosecuting authority consents to release on parole, such release may be decided by the correctional services.
The hearing of a case concerning release on parole shall be expedited.
The convicted person may not apply for release on parole earlier than one year after the sentence imposing preventive detention or a judgment refusing release on parole becomes final.