What is Parole?
In many cases, criminal offenders who are incarcerated in prison have the opportunity to serve the remainder of their sentence in society. This often provides individuals who are currently in jail the opportunity to matriculate back into society and offers them a better opportunity at having a better future themselves and their loved ones.
How Does Parole differ from Probation?
It is not uncommon that many individuals do not understand the differences between probation and parole. While these terms are often misused, knowing the distinctions are important to any individual facing or serving jail time.
Probation– occurs prior to the individual serving jail-time. Probation allows for the individual, who has been found guilty of committing a crime, to serve his/her sentence while being able to remain in society. While on probation, the individual is usually under the supervision of a probation officer and normally has to: participate in community service, pay court mandated fines, refrain from the consumption of drugs and alcohol, and participate in counseling. It is important to note that not all individuals who are convicted of crime are eligible probation.
Parole– Unlike probation, parole applies to individuals who are currently in jail and are given the opportunity to reintegrate into society while still serving their sentence. Under parole, the individual (often called the “parolee”), has to follow a strict set of rules set out by the court which often include: court supervision, employment, payment of fines, abstaining from drugs or alcohol etc. Any violation of the parole terms by the parolee could result in the individual having to serve out his/her sentence in jail.
Who is Eligible for Parole?
Any individual who has served their minimum prison sentence are eligible for parole consideration. Usually 3-4 months prior to the minimum prison sentence date, the state parole board interviews the inmate in determining whether or not they are a candidate for parole. The state board, when considering if an inmate is eligible, look at the individual’s age, mental state, education, prior criminal history, behavior during incarceration, severity of offense, remorse for the offense etc.
Who should I contact for more information regarding parole eligibility ?
The Law Office of Vincent J. Caputo is ready to help you through this process. Please contact us with any question about your or a loved one’s parole eligibility. We understand that the process can often be difficult for all individuals involved and that is why we will work with you every step of the way in achieving the best possible outcome!