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What Is The Difference Between Probation & Parole In New York?

People often speak of probation and parole as if they’re interchangeable, but they are two different things.

Serving probation is a sentence generally used as an alternative to jail time. There are also instances where probation and jail time are part of a sentence. Probation typically lasts one to three years.

Parole is a conditional release from jail or prison after a convict has already served time. It’s officially known as Post-Release Supervision.

Both come with conditions a person must meet to avoid jail time (or additional jail time). Conditions could include drug and alcohol testing, attending counseling or mental health services, community service, and checking in with a probation or parole officer.

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