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609.12 PAROLE OR DISCHARGE.
    Subdivision 1. Authority; conditions. A person sentenced to the commissioner of
corrections for imprisonment for a period less than life may be paroled or discharged at any
time without regard to length of the term of imprisonment which the sentence imposes when in
the judgment of the commissioner of corrections, and under the conditions the commissioner
imposes, the granting of parole or discharge would be most conducive to rehabilitation and
would be in the public interest.
    Subd. 2. Parole required after certain term. If a sentence of more than five years has
been imposed on a defendant for a crime authorizing a sentence of not more than ten years, the
commissioner of corrections shall grant the defendant parole no later than the expiration of five
years of imprisonment, less time granted for good behavior, unless the commissioner determines
with or without hearing that the defendant's parole would not be conducive to rehabilitation or
would not be in the public interest.
    Subd. 3. Parole; commissioner powers. All sentences to the commissioner of corrections
for the imprisonment of the defendant are subject to the laws relating to parole and the powers of
the commissioner of corrections, except as modified in subdivisions 1 and 2, and to all other laws
relating to persons in said institutions and their imprisonment.
History: 1963 c 753 art 1 s 609.12; 1973 c 654 s 15; 1975 c 271 s 6; 1983 c 274 s 18;
1986 c 444