Difference between Probation and Parole

Key Difference: Probation refers to condition when a criminal serve sentence in the community rather than in prison whereas parole can be described as a conditional early release from prison and serve in the community.

Both these terms are related to offenders and criminals. Probation refers to condition when a criminal serve sentence in the community and must adhere to specific conditions whereas parole can be described as a conditional early release from prison served in the community and must also adhere to specific conditions. Looking at the similarity they both give the offender the chance to return to the community on the condition that they must follow all rules and restrictions. They both are called as corrective measures and in both the cases the offender stays away from imprisonment. Advantages of theses include lower cost, increased employment, restitution and community support. They both are seen as primary alternatives to jails and prisons. At the same time they increases risks to community and it shows lack of punishment. In both the cases the probationers and parolees must follow certain rules and guidelines, if they wish to remain in the community. Some of them are mentioned as-

  • Comply with all other conditions that are established by court.
  • Do not indulge in any kind of use or possession of illegal drugs or intoxicants
  • Do not try to hang out at certain restricted places.
  • Stay away from criminals and criminal activities.
  • If required to leave the country or state, then must seek necessary permission.
  • Staying in the country or state.
  • Reporting to the probation/parole officer.

In both the offender gets the chance to work in the community and lead a better life than that of prison, but it is very important for the supervisory officers to keep a good watch on them, as they can also turn dangerous sometimes. Parole is generally granted after viewing a good behavior of prisoner, if the prisoner is found to of god behavior then parole can be granted depending upon certain conditions. Probation can also be termed as suspended imprisonment, as long as the probationer is behaving good in the community and trying to become a good citizen, his sentence is  suspended and if the offender becomes   risk to the community, in that case he would his sentence in prison.

 

Probation

Parole

Definition

Probation refers to condition when a criminal serve sentence in the community and must adhere to specific conditions

Parole can be described as a conditional early release from prison, served in the community and must also adhere to specific conditions.

 

Reporting to

Probation officer

Parole officer

Offender Violating conditions

Criminal is re-sentenced to jail for a period of detention. (sentencing a new jail)

Sent back to jail under the terms of original sentence. (definite return to jail to serve remaining prison term)

Given to

first time offenders and nonviolent crimes

Prisoners already serving time in prison. Generally reserved for serious offenders.

Serves time is jail

Generally not

yes

Revoked by

Judge

Parole Board

Image Courtesy: wral.com, stonehd.deviantart.com

Most Searched in Business and Finance Most Searched in Pregnancy and Parenting
Most Searched Non-Alcoholic Drinks Most Searched in Health
Lenovo Thinkpad Twist vs Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11
Monkey Testing vs Ad hoc Testing
Dementia vs Alzheimer
Nokia Lumia 920 vs Sony Xperia ZL

Add new comment

Plain text

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.