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Parole Is An Option

Parole means a person has completed a certain amount of their jail time and has the chance to complete the remainder of their time outside of jail.  This is in place for individuals that have committed a serious crime.  When a person is released from jail and are on parole they will be supervised.  If you want to do this.

Every state has their own laws in place for handling a person on this program and what is required of them.  When a person is up for this review with the board there is no need for an attorney to be present.  The board is looking at everything including how the person acted throughout their jail term and then they will decide if this is even a possibility.

New York was the first state in the United States to use parole in 1876.  It did not take long before all the states were using it for their inmates.  Congress needed a way to evaluate and set release dates for the federal prisoners, so in 1910 the U.S. Parole Commission was set in place and given the responsibility.

When the board decides to let a person out of jail on parole they do not feel they are a threat to society.  The person is closely watched and it just takes one small incident and the person is finishing the rest of their time back in jail. Upon completing the program the person will be discharged and free to continue with their lives in the hopes they will stay out of trouble.  Parole does not mean the person is set free and has no obligations.

The person might have to do some community service and could be charged a small monthly fee.  The fee helps pay for their supervision that is required.  There will be a minimum amount each month with a maximum amount that the fees will not go over. Not all states have the same rules for probation and charging fees.  No matter what state is doing the actual program they all agree on the same thing.

This does not mean the parolee will have a shorter sentence then what the judge ordered.  The person will have to complete all assigned time; they are just finishing the sentence outside of jail.  Truth in sentencing has become known in a few states since the 1970s.

This means that how ever long a person is sentenced to jail time the complete sentence will be served behind bars.  The state of Virginia uses the truth in sentencing when dealing with felonies.  If a person is convicted of a felony they will not be eligible for probation at any time while they are serving time in jail.  Parole is used for people that have committed serious crimes and have filled at least half their sentence in jail.  If a person is in jail it actually depends upon which state they are sitting in and what laws the state has in place for the program.

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