Prisoners who have exhibited good behavior while incarcerated often get released on parole and are permitted to fulfill the remainder of their sentence outside of prison. In addition to complying with all laws, parolees must follow specific rules and guidelines. In the event that a parolee breaks the law or violates the rules of his parole, serious consequences will occur. Consequences for breaking parole differ based on the legal code of a nation or state, but some common results are apparent regardless of location.
The consequences for violating parole differ depending on what the parolee actually does. Gross violations, such as committing a crime, especially in the case of repeat offenders, most often dictate that the person will be sent back to prison. In the case of technical violations, including non-compliance with supervision conditions, such as staying employed, checking in with a parole officer, or completing community service or substance abuse programs, the parolee may not always be forced to return to prison.
In many cases, an individual may technically violate parole up to two times before returning to prison to complete the remainder of his sentence. The violation may require the person spend from 30 days to one year in prison for the first or second offense. Complete revocation of parole may not occur unless the parolee commits acts of misconduct while serving time for his parole violation. Some courts may order house arrest as an alternative.
Administrative sanctions within the community are another consequence for breaking parole. For example, a court may order community service for parole violators or add more community service for those who already are performing it. Additionally, an individual who violates his parole may be put under electronic surveillance, forced to live in a work-release center, or fined by the court. Parole violators may also be required to check in with their parole officer on a daily basis instead of monthly or bimonthly.
Another possible consequence is being required to complete a treatment program, with the type of program dependent on the original reason for incarceration and the parole violation. Substance abuse treatment programs for drugs and alcohol are the most common, but sex offenders may be required to take part in therapy and a sex offender containment program. Programs that treat anger and domestic violence are also available.