parole violation | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Community Corrections

A parole violation occurs when a person who has been released from prison on parole fails to comply with the conditions of their parole.

Parole conditions are typically set by a parole board and may include requirements such as regularly reporting to a parole officer, avoiding contact with certain individuals, or refraining from using drugs or alcohol.

Common examples of parole violations include failing to attend a scheduled meeting with a parole officer, testing positive for drugs or alcohol, or being arrested for a new crime. Parole violations can result in a range of consequences, including revocation of parole, return to prison to serve the remainder of the original sentence or additional criminal charges.

When a parole violation occurs, the parole officer assigned to the case will typically investigate the situation and may recommend that the parolee’s parole be revoked. A hearing may then be held before a parole board to determine whether a violation has occurred and, if so, what consequences should be imposed.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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