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What Are the Types of Parole Violators in Pennsylvania?

In some situations, sentenced individuals can receive the privilege of serving their sentence outside prison, called parole. It is an arrangement that allows inmates to reenter society and abide by specific rules, completing their obligations while supervised.

This setup often imposes stringent regulations affecting the sentenced individual’s daily life, such as location restrictions and other rules. If they commit any violations, they might lose their parole privileges and undergo specific procedures based on their offense. Parole violators usually fall under the following categories:

  • Technical: This type of violator went against their parole’s standard policies, such as restrictions on their location or curfew. These violations may also include missed reports or unauthorized activities. Usually, these incidents result in penalties proportionate to the offense. Instead of parole revocation, they could face intensified restrictions or other requirements, such as finishing specific treatment programs.
  • Convicted: A violator goes under this category if they commit a new offense during their parole period. The crime must meet specific conditions, such as being punishable with incarceration. This category applies if the court finds the parolee guilty of the crime or they plead guilty. In these instances, there is a high chance of losing parole privileges, potentially sending the parolee back to prison.

Still, the parole board can consider other factors impacting how to process the violation.

Determining the parole violation’s severity

Regardless of the category, the board often reviews other information concerning the parolee’s offense. Sometimes, the incidents are severe enough to terminate the parole immediately. Other times, the board might enforce various disciplinary actions, only considering reincarceration if the parolee repeats the violation.

Knowing the severity is vital because blown-up offenses might result in excessive and unfair sanctions. Consulting an attorney may help navigate the situation and determine whether the penalties are reasonable.