What is the difference between adult probation and adult parole?

County probation is a sentence ordered by a Superior Court Judge. It allows the convicted person to live in their community, sometimes under the supervision of a County Probation Officer, for a specified period of time. Violation of probation terms, or commission of a new law violation while on probation, can result in local jail time or a sentence to state prison. State Parole is the conditional release of a prison inmate after serving part, or all, of a prison sentence. Parolees are released to live in their community under the supervision of a state parole officer. Violation of the terms and conditions of parole may result in revocation and return to prison. 

A third category of offenders are not on either probation or parole. Those are the offenders sentenced under AB109 legislation (Adult Prison Realignment). Some of these offenders have received a split sentence (serving a portion of their incarceration in the county jail and the remainder of their sentence under the supervision of the Probation Officer). Others have been released from State Prison, but due to the offense for which they were incarcerated, they are supervised by Probation Officers instead of State Parole Officers. That category of offenders is called Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS). Both are subject to terms and conditions of release with which they are required to abide or be returned to custody.

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1. Back to Adult Probation Page
2. How does my incarceration effect my voting eligibility?
3. What is the difference between Court Probation, Summary Probation, Summary Court Probation and Formal Probation in adult matters?
4. I know my ex-husband is on probation with you. Can you tell me where he is so I can collect child support?
5. I know my neighbor is on probation. What can you tell me about him?
6. I have a child custody order that says my ex-husband must be drug tested before he can see the children. Will the Probation Department drug test him for me?
7. Where are the Adult Probation Offices located?
8. What is Probation?
9. What is a "suspended sentence"?
10. How do I find out who my Probation Officer (PO) is?
11. How long does probation last?
12. What does "search and seizure" mean?
13. Will my employer be notified?
14. Can a person convicted of a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence offense own a firearm?
15. Can a defendant live in a different County while being supervised on probation?
16. Can a defendant travel to a different state while being supervised on probation?
17. How is a conviction dismissed?
18. Can I get a copy of a probation report?
19. Can I get an early termination from probation?
20. Can I find out who is on probation?
21. What is the difference between adult probation and adult parole?
22. Can I get help for my mental health or substance abuse problem through Probation?
23. Who is doing the investigation on my case?
24. Why am I being referred to the Probation Department's Adult Division, Investigation Services?
25. Is probation required to follow plea bargain agreements negotiated by my attorney with the Court and the District Attorney's Office?
26. What do I need to bring to my pre-sentence interview?
27. Back to Adult Probation Page