When a person is granted parole or probation, it can be a relief. However, it is important to follow the requirements of the program to avoid serious penalties.
Parole usually applies when a person has served a part of their prison sentence, meaning they are released from prison early with conditions and supervision. The requirements of parole vary, but often include a requirement to check in with a parole officer, going to school or finding a job, and not committing additional crimes.
Probation is an alternative to prison. It allows the convicted person to serve their sentence outside of prison. One example is community service under a probation officer’s supervision. Probation may have some of the same requirements of parole, including regularly reporting to the probation officer.
Violations and consequences
Parole and probation violations occur when the convicted person does not meet the terms and conditions of their program. These violations may include failing a drug test, not completing court ordered classes, and missing required meetings with their supervising officer.
The convicted person can face a variety of consequences for failing to comply. These include a warning, more frequent supervision, and drug testing. The court can also modify their conditions, meaning it may add requirements or extend the time of the parole or probation. In serious situations, the court may revoke the parole or probation entirely and send them to prison to complete their sentence.
It can be difficult for a convicted person to respond if they are accused of a violation. There is help available to assist them with this process.