Probation is a sentence ordered by a judge, usually instead of, but sometimes in addition to, serving time in jail. It allows the convicted person to live in the community for a specified period of time, sometimes under the supervision of a probation officer, depending on the circumstances and the seriousness of the crime.
Parole is the conditional release of a prison inmate after serving part (if not all) of his or her sentence, allowing the inmate to live in the community under supervision of the parole period. The decision to grant parole is the responsibility, in a majority of states, of a board of parole or commission. Violation of the conditions of parole result in revocation and re-imprisonment.
Pardon means that the individual is fully forgiven from all the legal consequences of his crime and his conviction, and is granted by the governor of the state where the person is imprisoned or where his case arises, or by the President of the United States.
IMPORTANT! The earlier we can start on a parole package prior to eligibility, the better the results. Please try to give us a year to work on the package, as the Board rules now require submission of the parole package six months prior to eligibility.
Parole is the release of an inmate, prior to the expiration of the inmate’s court-imposed sentence, with a period of supervision to be successfully completed by compliance with the conditions and terms of the release agreement ordered by the Commission. The decision of the Commission to parole an inmate shall represent an act of grace of the State and should not be considered a right.
The State Parole Board administers parole. It allows an inmate who has been granted parole to serve the remainder of his or her prison sentence outside the confines of the institution. Once released, the parolee is subject to conditions of supervision, and if those conditions are violated, the Commission may return the parolee to prison.
- Parole Guidlines
- Parole Decision Guidelines
How to find a job after prison takes a little different effort than the ordinary job search. Before you even begin, it is important to know exactly what avenues are open to you. For example, if you are on parole or probation resulting from a drug-related crime, it is possible that you may not be allowed to work in a pharmacy. It is critical to understand any limitations to your job search.
To learn what types of jobs may or may not be open to you, I urge you to speak immediately with an official related to your particular case; for example, your parole or probation officer, a judge, counselor, etc. Please do this right away so that you are clear on what direction you can take.
It is also important that you understand and accept that once you are hired, because you may be the last person hired, if times get tough, you may be the first to be let go as well. While accepting this possibility, do not let it bring you down, and do not take it personally.
Take stock of what your community offers for job training and/or placement programs, and contact them quickly.
Think of it this way: Even if you were not an ex-offender and were the last person hired, if times are tough, you might STILL be the first to be let go. Most of the time, if a company is willing to hire an ex-offender to begin, they are looking for someone to work for them – they are not planning on business going sour!
For example, there are some training programs that, once you complete their requirements, may guarantee interviews with local companies. Social service workers, employment agencies, your counselor, and/or your parole or probation officer can give you some contact information on these programs.
As a criminal attorney, I offer a free initial consultation and confidential case analysis so that you may consult with a parole lawyer, who understands your rights and I will determine the best action to take immediately.