What's the difference between probation and parole?

Probation is a type of criminal sentence that allows a person to stay in the community rather than serve time in prison, as long as certain conditions are compliedd with, such as regularly reporting to a probation officer, refraining from alcohol and drugs and not committing further crimes. Parole is the supervised release of a prisoner from incarceration into the community before the end of his or her sentence. Conditions of parole are similar to those of probation.

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