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What’s The Differences Between Probation And Parole

By Robert Davis

A reader asked this good question and I’ll try to give you the facts between the two.

First, parole is only given to an individual that is serving time in a prison. If your original sentence is two years, it could be cut short. Say you served one year of your sentence with no behavior problems. Then you might go before the parole board and be eligible to serve your last year as a semi free person. The reason why I say semi free is because you must serve that free time crime free. If you commit a violation or crime, you’ll have to go back to prison and serve that last year, plus whatever sentence you received for the crime that put you back there!

Probation is usually time given to a person in lieu of jail. Say you committed a crime that carries a sentence of two years. The judge could then suspend sending you to jail for two years and instruct you to serve that time a semi free person. This means no criminal action during those two years. If you commit a crime, off to jail you go for the original two years. It’s usually given to people who committed no violent crime, has no criminal record, or if the judge simply has compassion for you.

Oh, before someone asked what’s a parole board. A parole board is a group of officials ( usually consisting of 3-7 people) that reviews prisoners profiles to determine which are a risk to society and which might be trusted to faithfully perform the ‘parole’. They are usually appointed by the governor of the state they represent.

I hope this explains the differences between the two actions. Take care all!

This author submits professional articles to http://www.ezinearticles.com  His articles informs citizens about how to handle different situations when confronted by the police. He is a former award winning police officer. Mr. Davis is an authorize speaker to young police recruits in Louisiana. He is also a master in wilderness suvival. He studied criminal law at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In addition, Mr. Davis has been a featured guest on many television shows detailing how to detect rogue police officers as well as a defense against such officers. This author is also working with Authors Stephen Peach, the award winning ex swat officer of California, and Mike Madigan.  These two authors have also dedicated their lives to exposing rogue cops. Mr. Davis will be at Barnes and Noble, CitiPlace Ct., in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at a book signing on April 14, 2007, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

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