Parole is the portion of state correctional systems in which convicted individuals are supervised after they have been released from prison. Parole serves two purposes: (1) to assist former prisoners in their transition from prison into the community and (2) to provide a means of early detection and sanction of potentially deviant behavior. Parole differs from probation in that probation is often used as a diversion from prison time, and parole is used as a means of supervising reentry into society. The term comes from the French word parole, which ...

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