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Types of Parole Violations

After making parole, which is tough enough with the current conservative bent of the country, a parolee has to be aware of the potential for a parole violation. In this entry we discuss the two type of parole violations which can result in parole revocation.

The first type of parole violation is an “Administrative Violation”, also referred to as a “Technical Violations” or a “technical” for short.

A technical violation occurs when someone has broken a rule or condition of their parole. This is usually something like changing their residence without first clearing it with their parole officer, not paying their fees, or, commonly, testing positive for drugs. The first “technical” will usually not result in a revocation unless the offender is on intense supervision or has been a problem.

The second, and much more serious, type of violation is one where the parolee is accused of committing another crime. Some misdemeanors, but usually not traffic violations, and all felonies would be likely to result in a violation. The decision on whether or not to issue a warrant for the parolee’s arrest after he is charged with another crime rests with the parole officer but usually a warrant will be issued of the parolee is accused of a crime and the offender will sit in jail until the case is dismissed, pled, or a trial is conducted.  At that point, a parole revocation hearing can occur.

A violation, even a technical violation, can not only result in a revocation but will make it that much less likely that when the Parole board reviews the application they will allow a parole to occur again and the topic must be addressed when applying for parole or when making a parole packet.

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