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Reentry, Probation and Parole: Reentry, Probation & Parole

Reentry, Probation, & Parolle

Things to Think About

Reentry, probation, and parole encompass a wide array of issues that interact with questions of race, ethnicity, gender, and/or age.  When beginning your searches look at some of the terms in the graphic on this page and then limit by adding a group of similar socio-economic, ethnic, gender, etc... 

  • Parole AND Women
  • Incarceration AND Latinx/Latino/Latina
  • Conditional Release AND Teenage Offenders
  • Female Offenders AND Reintegration AND South Carolina


Reentry, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics is defined as, 

A broad term used to refer to issues related to the transition of offenders from prison to community supervision. Reentry often refers to persons released from State or Federal prisons or discharged from State parole, Federal parole, or Federal Supervised Release. 

Parole, according to West's Encyclopedia of American Law is defined as,

The conditional release of a person convicted of a crime prior to the expiration of that person's term of imprisonment, subject to both the supervision of the correctional authorities during the remainder of the term and a resumption of the imprisonment upon violation of the conditions imposed.

Probation, according to West's Encyclopedia of American Law, is defined as,

A sentence whereby a convict is released from confinement but is still under court supervision; a testing or a trial period. Probation can be given in lieu of a prison term or can suspend a prison sentence if the convict has consistently demonstrated good behavior. The status of a convicted person who is given some freedom on the condition that for a specified period he or she act in a manner approved by a special officer to whom the person must report.