Oscar Pistorius is going to be released from prison next week

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South Africa's Oscar Pistorius crosses the line to win gold in the men's 400m - T44 final during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 8, 2012.
BEN STANSALL

Oscar Pistorius, the disgraced South African Paralympian, is set to be released from prison next week — just 10 months into his five-year sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In a highly publicized trial, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years in jail. But he is eligible for release after serving one-sixth of his sentence under “correctional supervision." 

"Correctional supervision is usually given to offenders who commit serious crimes but are not deemed to be a danger to the community," The Telegraph reports, "and are not best-served by a long stretch in South Africa’s notoriously dangerous and overcrowded prisons."

Pistorius will be released under parole conditions that will have him essentially living under house arrest for the remainder of his sentence.

The former athlete did not apply for early release himself, according to The Independent. Rather, the parole board at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria where he is being held recommended he be released into the community at the first opportunity.

Pistorius' good behavior has something to do with his early release. “He’s behaving himself very well,” South Africa correction services’ national commissioner Zach Modise told The Independent.

Once released on Aug. 21, the former athlete will live under house arrest at his uncle's home in Waterkloof, Pretoria. He will likely have to do community service and will be required to check in regularly with a mental health professional. He also probably won't be allowed to drink alcohol, according to the Independent.

Moreover, his case is far from closed. At a Supreme Court appeal hearing in November, prosecutors will argue that Pistorius' conviction should be scaled up to murder — which carries a minimum 15-year jail term.