Probation and Parole
Probation is a sentence that certain individual receives from a judge after he/she is convicted of crime. When on probation, he/she is still able to participate within the community with very strict guidelines. Parole is a supervised release of inmates from a correctional center. There are many advantages and disadvantages of probation. One advantage is its better than being locked up in prison or jail. While on probation, you also have the right to choose who you live with, but they may not be on probation as well. This is known as domestic freedom. Also, while on probation, you have the right to hold a job, and support people that depend on you for income. This is known as occupational freedom. You also have the right to seek religious guidance and attend religious services. This is known as religious freedom. When serving probation outside of jail, this gives him/her an opportunity to join recreational activities. This will hopefully help them create good habits that are not against the law, and are healthy for them. This is known as recreational freedom. Last but not least, while on probation, you have legal options. You will be required to meet with a parole officer, take drug screenings, and being made sure that all laws are being obeyed. This is an advantage because when you complete your parole, the offense can be erased off your record. Parole may sound like an easy life but it’s really not. There are many disadvantages to both probation and parole. This includes difficulty getting a job, and getting an apartment. Very rarely would you qualify for a loan for a house or a vehicle while on probation or parole. You will have a limited amount of freedom, you will become very tired of seeing a probation officer once a week, and dealing with all the things the officer requires you to do. A pretty popular court case would be Paris Hilton’s cause of pleading a no-contest to an alcohol related reckless driving offense. Hilton was...
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