What is the difference between parole and probation?

Both parole and probation involve reporting to an officer, having court ordered terms and conditions and strict supervision.

Parole is the term used when you are released on supervision from prison in place of serving the rest of your sentence. This early release is strictly monitored. If you violate any terms, you are sent back to prison to finish your sentence.

Probation is the term used to describe supervision given instead of jail time. If you violate your probation you can be sentenced to a jail term as a punishment. But it is not mandatory.

No matter which type of supervision you are under, parole or probation, you need to comply with all conditions ordered by the court.

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