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 sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $1500 and was required to take several alcohol classes. I really think Paris should have done jail time, because an alcohol related reckless driving offense sounds like a DUI to me. But hey, celebrities that have millions of dollars can get out of such things which I believe is unfair to society. Later on she was stopped for driving at night with her lights out, and she was ordered to do jail time for this.

Now, why would Paris do jail time for uch a small infraction and not an alcohol related offense? I guess you can really say money talks to some people such as lawyers and judges. If I had the choice to choose between a probation officer and a parole officer, it would be probation for sure. I feel that I would deal with less hardened criminals, and that I can help them turn their life around. I really enjoy trying to help people. I believe everyone deserves a second chance, and being a probation officer. I could surely help someone start over again.