Conditions of Parole

We've received a few questions asking about the different conditions that can be placed on a person when they are released on parole. Keep in mind that each case is different and there can be other, case specific conditions than the ones listed below.
Below is a list of the standard conditions of parole.  We cannot answer specifically what conditions apply to a parolee because each case is different.   However, the list should provide a general idea of the typical parole conditions:

  • Report regularly to parole officer;
  • Obtain permission in advance for any travel out of a county;
  • Submit to random searches of their homes, cars and persons (including blood, urine and saliva testing, for disease, drugs or other contraband);
  • Obey all laws;
  • Refrain from using, buying or selling alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • Avoid certain people, such as victims, witnesses, gang members or persons with criminal records;
  • Pay money for court-ordered restitution; and
  • Attend classes or counseling sessions, such as court-ordered drug or alcohol treatment classes or anger management classes.

Additional pre-determined conditions which can may be applied to a parolee:

  • Condition E – Mandatory participation in Education or Vocation programs
  • Condition I – To inform any potential employer of offender's criminal history if the offender will be employed in a position of financial responsibility.
  • Condition Z – Parolee is not to enter a specified county
  • Condition C – Parolee cannot conduct certain financial transactions due to a conviction for theft or fraud or who have a propensity for theft or fraudulent criminal behavior.
  • Condition P – Parolee is to participate in psychological or psychiatric evaluation or a mental health treatment program.
  • Condition M -Parolee must obide by the laws for Sex Offender Registration and DNA Submission.
  • Condition R – Parolee must pay restitution
  • Condition S- Parole must abide by laws of substance abuse treatment and testing
  • Condition T- Parolee is on electronic monitoring
  • Condition V- Parolee must avoid and have no contact with the victim
  • Condition X- Parolee is required to register as a sex offender, enroll in a sex offender treatment and obey all other requirements for sex offenders. (Note that this condition was severely restricted by the courts recently,)
  • Condition N- Parolee is prohibited from using the internet (usually applied to certain sex offenders but can also be applied in other circumstances such as internet fraud)

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