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Understanding Probation and Parole

When you have been charged with some type of criminal offense, there are many types of punishments that you could receive for the many different crimes that you could have been charged with. For most felonies, there is usually jail time that goes along with most of these charges. For some people, they are required to serve a certain amount of jail time before they are allowed to be on either probation or parole. There are major differences between being on parole and being on probation.

Parole is defined as an early release from an incarceration because of good behavior while in the correctional facility. This basically means that if a person has been incarcerated for a certain amount of time and that person goes before the parole board of the jail facility. When the person goes before the parole board, they will evaluate that person on their behavior over the time that they have been in jail. If they have had good behavior and the board thinks that it is appropriate, they will let them on parole for the rest of their sentence. During the parole period, the person will be required to visit or speak with their parole officer on a daily basis. The person will also be required to take drug tests when parole officer feels it is necessary. There are also certain restrictions that you are not allowed to do while you are in your parole period.

Probation on the other hand is slightly different than parole in inst definition. Probation is defined as an alternative punishment for a judge to assign someone who has been charged with some sort of criminal charges and is awaiting a punishment. Basically if you are a first time offender or the judge thinks you have learned from your crime, they can choose to give you probation which is officially monitored time in the community. This means that you will have visits regularly by your probation officer. Unlike being on parole, if you are given probation, you will not officially serve any of your time in jail. All of the time on probation will be in your home doing your daily activities. You will also have appointments to meet with probation officer as well as drug tests on a regular basis. Like being on parole, there are many restrictions that will apply to being on probation as well. The restrictions will vary depending on what type of situation you are involved in. With both parole and probation, a violation of any one of the restrictions that they give you can lead your parole or probation being revoked and you will be put in jail for the remainder of your sentence.

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