Parole and Probation

Parole and probation are two different aspects of criminal law. Parole is the conditional release of a convicted person after he serves a term of his imprisonment. The released person will be under supervision during the parole period. A parole board or commission, which is set up in every state, has the power to grant parole. Conditions of parole have to be followed, and a breach of the conditions will result in probation revocation or re-imprisonment.  Probation is an order passed by a judge as an alternative to a jail sentence. When a convicted person is granted probation, he must live in the community and follow the orders of the court under the regulation of a probation officer.