What is the difference between parole, probation, and sentence conditions?
Parole only describes a situation where a person has served time in the penitentiary and has been released by the parole board. While on parole, that person must follow any conditions that his or her parole officer has put in place or he or she could possibly have the remainder of the sentence imposed at a parole revocation hearing. Probation is a term used to describe a person that has been convicted of felony, but had his or her penitentiary sentenced suspended. If the person successfully completes his or her probationary period they will not have to serve any of his or her suspended penitentiary sentence. Conditions typically refer to a situation where a person has been sentenced on a misdemeanor charge and has some amount of jail suspended contingent upon compliance with certain conditions. If that person follows all of the conditions that the judge ordered, he or she will not have to serve any of the jail time that was suspended.
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