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Understand the parole violation process

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2020 | Probation and Parole Violations

When people violate their parole, they may have many concerns about what will happen next. It is important to understand the process parole violators might go through and the consequences they might face. 

People may think all parole violations are the same. According to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, people fall into two different categories after they violate parole. If a person commits a crime and is convicted, then he or she is a Convicted Parole Violator. In this situation, people may lose their street time and have to go back to jail. Someone might also violate parole by failing to follow the guidelines. In this situation, people may have to follow a curfew or report to their parole agent more often. They may also face travel restrictions. 

What happens after someone violates parole?  

After violating parole, people can have either a first or a second-level hearing. According to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, law enforcement officials usually focus on probable cause during the first-level hearing. This means it is possible that people violated parole. If people attend a second-level hearing, then it is very likely that someone violated parole. These hearings are typically optional and people can waive their right to these hearings. 

Are there consequences for violating parole?  

When people face technical parole violations, there are three things that might happen after the hearing. People may go back to jail if they cannot go to a community corrections center. Violations connected to weapons or threatening behavior can also result in a return to prison. In some situations, people may go back to prison to finish their sentences. Additionally, some people may enter a secure parole violator center.