I do not know the difference between parole, and probation,
• Marion, Kansas
31 Mar 07
It looks like the people who responded here have had only a minimum experience with either. I am glad. I think I understand it much better now. If I had some firsthand experience I would really understand, but I am not willing to gain understanding that way. I run across people from time to time who have one or the other of these things as a side of their life. I just want to be able to respond intelligently when I hear this.
• United States
25 Mar 07
This is what I found out because I was also not to clear on the difference. There is a major procedural difference between probation and parole. Probation is part and parcel of the offender's initial sentence, whereas parole comes much later, allowing the offender early release from a prison sentence. Probation is handed down by the judge at trial. It may be in lieu of jail time or in combination with some jail time. The judge will specify restrictions on the offender's activities during the probationary period. Parole is granted by a parole board, after the offender has served some -- or perhaps a lot of -- time. The parole board may consider factors such as the offender's behavior in prison and level of rehabilitation, and let him or her out early. The parole board can also specify restrictions on the person's activities while on parole.
27 Mar 07
I think parole is when you check in from time to time after you've been released from prison to make sure your abiding by all the terms of your release. Probation, I think is what you get instead of a gaol term. I have no actual knowledge of these things, only what I've picked up from reading. I'm sure much more enlightened people will already have advised you.
• Richards Bay, South Africa
26 Mar 07
Dear GardenGerty what a good question, you had me going there. I looked it up in the dictionary: Parole; a promise made with or confirmed by a pledge of one's honor. Probation; critical examination and evaluation or subjection to such examination and evaluation. Then I looked it up on the Internet, under law, and I quote, "There is a major procedural difference between probation and parole. Probation is part and parcel of the offender's initial sentence, whereas parole comes much later, allowing the offender early release from a prison sentence." Thx for a question that enlightens!
25 Mar 07
i think parole is where you are let out of prison ans are kept an eye on by maybe a electronic tag or such things where they know if you do anything wrong. Probation is normally community service which is unpaid , maybe cleaning up a park or street or building work which is hard labour. I myself have had no connection in either but i know a couple of people who have. I hope this helps.
• United States
25 Apr 07
The difference between probation and parole (in the state of Missouri) is probation is something afforded to a person by the courts. A person who pleads guilty to a crime, is sometimes sentenced to a SIS term of probation (suspended imposition of sentence), which means if they successfully complete the term of probation, the conviction is taken off their record. Another option for the judge to sentence someone to is a SES term of probation (Suspended Execution of Sentence), where the person pleads guilty and is sentenced to a jail/prison sentence, but is allowed to stay in the community in lieu of going into custody, but if they violate the terms of their probation, they may be ordered into custody to begin serving the suspended sentence. As far as parole goes, once a person is sentenced to the Department of Corrections (prison), if that person is let out by the parole board before the sentence has been completed, that person is on parole for the remainder of the sentence, granted, they can be taken back into custody if they violate the conditions of parole.