absconder | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee

As used in probation and parole, an absconder is a probationer or parolee who does not “check in” with his or her probation officer within a specified time.

In the context of probation and parole, an absconder is an individual who has been released from custody but has failed to comply with the terms and conditions of their release and has either gone into hiding or has fled the jurisdiction altogether.

Probation and parole are forms of community supervision that allow individuals who have been convicted of a crime to serve their sentence in the community rather than in prison. As part of probation or parole, individuals must follow a set of conditions and rules established by the court or parole board. These conditions may include regular check-ins with a probation or parole officer, participation in drug treatment or counseling programs, and adherence to a curfew.

When an individual fails to meet the conditions of their release, they may be considered an absconder. This can happen if the individual fails to show up for a scheduled meeting with their probation or parole officer, violates a condition of their release, or flees the jurisdiction altogether.

Absconders are considered to be in violation of their probation or parole, and a warrant may be issued for their arrest. Law enforcement agencies will typically take steps to locate and apprehend absconders, which may include conducting surveillance, contacting friends and family members, and searching public records for information about their whereabouts.

The consequences of absconding from probation or parole can be severe and may include additional criminal charges, revocation of probation or parole, and increased penalties for the original offense. In addition, absconding can make it more difficult for individuals to rebuild their lives and move forward after their involvement with the criminal justice system.

To avoid becoming an absconder, individuals on probation or parole should take their conditions of release seriously and make every effort to comply with them. This may include attending all scheduled meetings with their probation or parole officer, following all rules and restrictions, and staying out of trouble with the law.

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Last Modified: 04/23/2023

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