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What is the difference between probation and parole?

Probation is a criminal sentence that doesn’t require jail time. As long as the conditions of the probation are followed, you are free to remain within your home and community. Most probation sentences require you to report to a probation officer on a regular basis, stop the use of alcohol and drugs, and avoid committing any additional crimes. Parole, on the other hand, is granted to a person who has already served the minimum required sentence in jail. Before the end of your sentence, you may be eligible for parole depending on your behavior while serving your original sentence. Parole is supervised and has similar conditions to probation.
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