Parole is something that is different from probation. In fact, many people confuse the two. In Arizona, parole is called Community Supervision. Parole is typically based on how long a person is  sentenced for. Its purpose is to integrate you back into society after one has been incarcerated in prison. When someone is allowed to leave early from prison by “getting out on parole,” they may be required to check in periodically with a parole officer to demonstrate that they have employment or are actively seeking a job. Again, it is all based on helping the parolee to integrate smoothly back into society.

If a person is convicted of a crime while you are on parole, it could result in a court giving a “sentencing enhancement.” This means that a person can actually get a higher prison term if convicted of the crime while on parole.

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