In the Wisconsin criminal justice system, probation and parole are two very different things – but sometimes people get them confused. And when you throw in extended supervision (a Wisconsin-specific term), things get even more complicated.
What’s the Difference Between Probation and Parole?
Probation is a type of criminal sentence in Wisconsin that a judge can impose when someone is convicted of a crime. If a judge sentences you to probation, you don’t go to jail or prison; you go home and report to a probation officer on specific dates and times.
Parole is what happens when you’re released from prison before your mandatory release date. For example, if you’re not supposed to be released from prison until January 1, 2029, but you’re allowed to leave before that date, you are on parole.
What About Extended Supervision?
Extended supervision is a way for the courts to keep an eye on you when you’re released from prison. You remain under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and if you violate the conditions of your supervision, the courts can send you back to prison.
Probation versus Extended Supervision
Probation is a sentence that replaces jail time, and extended supervision occurs after incarceration. However, in both instances, you must follow specific rules and report to someone – and if you break the rules or fail to report, a judge can order your arrest and put you behind bars.
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