Parole and Conditional Release

What is the difference between parole and probation officer?

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August 03, 2009 5:00PM

A parole officer supervises previously convicted felons who are being returned to society from prison incarceration. A probation officer may supervise those with misdemeanor convictions as well as felony convictions, and his supervisees may or may not have been incarcerated at all. If they were, they would have done time only in a jail environment.