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What Is a Supervised Release?

When a court convicts a defendant of a criminal offense, the judge has a few options with regards to sentencing that prove to be commensurate to the offense committed. One such option is supervised release wherein the convicted individual’s behavior is directly supervised by a parole officer upon the individual’s release from prison or a second sentence that may begin after his or her release from prison. The person responsible for the monitoring and supervising of a convicted individual is called a parole officer.

There are many reasons as to why an individual may be released under supervised release. Reasons may include help in living within the rules and norms of society and prevention of crimes that may be committed again.

Under the conditions of a supervised release, the convicted individual must report regularly to his or her assigned parole officer. The convict must not only present himself or herself regularly to his or her parole officer, but he or she must also abide by all the rules and conditions he or she is subject to by court order. Such rules and conditions may include random drug testing and requesting for permission before leaving a certain area or geographic region. Any changes with regards to residency or employment must also be reported to the parole officer.

Other conditions that may be imposed upon the convicted individual relate to the nature of the offense committed. A person who has been convicted of a sex crime must register as a sex offender in the area where he or she is residing.

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