Just What Is the Difference Between Probation and Parole?

Probation allows the offender to avoid incarceration by placing the adult offender on supervision with a probation agency while in the community. Some locations can split a short-term incarceration sentence immediately followed by probation. Probation can relate to active supervision, inactive monitoring, and/or financial conditions.

Parole refers to defendants who are provisionally released from a detention center to serve the outstanding segment of their verdict in the public. Prisoners can be unconfined to parole either by a Parole Board or due to mandatory provisions of a statute. Just like probation, parolees can be assigned active supervision, inactive monitoring, and/or financial conditions with their release. A significant difference is that parolees can be eligible to receive a reduction in supervision due to compliance or meeting all required conditions before the sentence concludes.

For both probation and parolees, offenders must meet conditions of their supervision and all rules of conducted while on probation. Failure to abide by any of the court requirements can end with incarceration.

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