What is the difference between probation and parole?

Probation is a sentence imposed by a criminal or family court. In general, probationers are released in the community without serving a period of incarceration, although in certain circumstances, they may be sentenced to both local incarceration as well as probation. Probation is administered in individual counties in New York State or, in New York City, by city government.


Parole is community supervision that follows a term of incarceration in a state prison. These offenders are supervised by parole officers. Parole is a function of New York State government.

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1. What hours is the Madison County Probation Department open?
2. Where is the Madison County Probation Department located?
3. What is the difference between probation and parole?
4. How long is a probation sentence?
5. What is a split sentence or shock probation?
6. What is PINS?
7. How do I file a PINS petition on my child?
8. What is a Juvenile Delinquent?
9. What is an offender sentenced to probation required to do?
10. What happens if a probationer violates the terms of probation?
11. How do I report that someone is violating the terms of their probation sentence?
12. Do probationers have to pay for probation services?
13. I'm on probation for DWI. How do I get my license back?
14. Who must register with the NYS Sex Offender Registry?
15. What is a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities?
16. How can I obtain a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities?
17. How do I make restitution payments?
18. I have not received restitution payments ordered by the court. Who do I contact?
19. How do I file for an Order of Protection?
20. What is the difference between restitution and a fine?
21. Where do I pay my DNA fee?
22. I have to submit my DNA. What do I do?