What is the difference between probation and parole?

The difference between probation and parole is that probation occurs before and often instead of a prison sentence or jail time in the criminal justice system. Parole is an early release from prison. Instead of a probation officer to monitor the progress of a probationer, a parolee reports to a parole officer. The parole officer explains the rules and expectations to the parolee and monitors their progress. To get more legal help, use our free tool below.

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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