October 16, 2018

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAROLE AND PROBATION DEFINED

To simply clarify, there is no Parole in the state of Florida.  Probation is not parole and there is a huge difference between the two. Definitions from the ‘Lectric Law Library’s Lexicon:

  The Florida Parole Commission
Chairman Pate                       Tena M. Pate
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PAROLE

“Any form of release of an offender from imprisonment to the community by a releasing authority prior to the expiration of his sentence, subject to conditions imposed by the releasing authority and to its supervision, including a term of supervised release. 18 USC Congress has abolished parole for people convicted of federal crimes, but most states still offer parole.”  (NOT FLORIDA)

In lay terms, one must first be in prison to be a candidate for parole.  The Parole Commission/Board is the releasing authority and has the power to release an offender prior to the end of the sentence.  The parolee  is subject to external supervision which requires reporting to a parole officer.

 

PROBATION

“The release into the community of a defendant who has been found guilty of a crime, typically under certain conditions, such as paying a fine, doing community service or attending a drug treatment program. Violation of the conditions can result in incarceration.”

In lay terms, an offender is allowed to remain free when found guilty of an offense in a court of law instead of being sentenced to prison.  That person is required to successfully meet all requirements set by the court.  Violating probation,  in any way, can send you straight to prison – you will not pass go, you will not collect $200!

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