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What is the difference between a Parole Officer and a Probation Officer?

Im interested in becoming either a Parole Officer, or a Probation officer, the jobs seem similar enough, but I was wondering which one paid better, and which required a university degree. I am a student from Canada, and it is more than likely different than other countries. Any other info would be great! Thanks!

Asked By: LoveBugg - 10/31/2011
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Probation Officer- Is a peace officer who works with people who are sentenced to probation (probation is when your allowed to serve your sentence in the community usually with a heap load of conditions). The job of the probation officer is to make sure that the convict is following those conditions set up by the judge... More
Answered By: James Blackley - 11/1/2011
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Probation is for people who broke the law and hasn't been sent to prison, Parole are for inmates getting out of prison early that still has time to serve like being sentenced 10 years you get out after 5 on good behavior so you will have to see a parole officer for the next 5 years..
Answered By: SayAgain - 10/31/2011
 
They're usually the same thing. The word parole, implies time has been served and early release. Probation can cover both this as well as a deferred sentence, without serving in jail. So in some places, some stickler has changed the name.
Answered By: Smells like New Screen Names - 10/31/2011
 
parole officer---is a probation officer for someone on parole, which means they were incarcerated at a prison (as opposed to a local jail) probation officer--they were incarcerated at a local jail. parole usually refers to "state" time and probation usually refers to "county or city" time
Answered By: s and d e - 10/31/2011
 
The main difference between a Parole Officer and Probation Officer is that Probation officers, in general, are assigned to either juvenile or adult offenders exclusively.Parole officers on the other hand work with all types of offenders.
Answered By: blue_blood - 10/31/2011
 
Parole on the other hand is being given by the parole board to a prisoner. Probation is the person who grants it.
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Answered By: Ace glenn Gonzales - 11/2/2011
 
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