Probation vs. Parole: What is the Difference?

Posted by John Callahan | Jul 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Probation and parole are two alternatives to jail time. Probation occurs in lieu of incarceration and it is the period of time after a conviction and before a jail sentence for a defendant to prove to the judge they have rehabilitated themselves. If you are placed on probation, as many people are after a conviction, you must meet specific conditions set forth by your judge (i.e. reporting to a probation officer, adhering to a curfew, passing random drugs tests, attending a rehab program, paying fees, etc.) to avoid further trouble. Parole, however, is an early and conditional release from prison to serve the rest of the sentence in the community. This is otherwise known as mandatory supervised release.  Parole is granted to prisoners who exhibit good behavior and like parole, is conditioned on that behavior. If you are released on parole, you must report to a parole officer and meet the specific conditions set forth by a parole board.

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