What Are the Differences Between Parole and Probation?
Posted By The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass || 4-May-2013
The United States justice system offers two alternatives for those faced with jail time: parole and probation. Both allow individuals to return to the community under careful supervision. Although they have similar effects, the circumstances surrounding these sentences are very different:
If a court sentencing leaves opportunity for parole, the defendant can be released from jail after serving only a portion of the sentence. The remainder of the sentence is served under the close supervision of a parole officer. This gives the individual a chance to be a part of his community.
In cases of parole, the Board of Pardons and Paroles interviews and assesses the case of an inmate eligible for parole. After evaluating the evidence, they make the decision allowing an individual to return to the community. If the inmate violates the terms of his parole agreement, he will return to jail to serve the remainder of his sentence.
While parole secures early release from jail, probation is often an alternative to jail time. After trial, a judge determines if an individual should be allowed to live in the community under the supervision of a probation officer. The judge makes this decision by considering the facts surrounding a defendant’s case, attorney input, and a probation report assessing the threat to public safety.
Similar to parole, probation often includes curfews, alcohol counseling programs, and frequent drug testing. If any of these conditions are violated, probation privileges can be revoked. This forces the individual to serve the rest of his sentence in jail.
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