Probation & Parole Overview

Idaho Department of Correction

The purpose of the Probation & Parole Division is to increase the success of those who are placed on Probation by the Courts or Parole by the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole.

In Idaho, Probation & Parole Officers supervise persons who are placed on probation or released on parole under approved supervision standards. A single Probation & Parole Officer can supervise both types of cases at the same time.

Staff in the Probation & Parole Division work together to meet our mission of increasing success, and this effort helps meet our solemn duty to provide public safety for the people of Idaho.

The primary focus of all we do is the success of the individual placed under supervision, as that will bring lasting change and true public safety.

For those who are placed on probation or parole, accountability to Court and/or Parole conditions is critical, and we take our responsibility to ensure compliance seriously.

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Probation - A person can be placed on "probation" by the District Court. A person is sentenced to a term of incarceration, and then placed on probation in lieu of the prison sentence, or to a term of probation for a length of time as determined by the District Judge. The Judge will also impose certain conditions that the person is expected to meet to successfully complete the term of Probation. Probation & Parole Division Staff are then responsible to supervise or monitor those persons placed on probation.

Of Note:  District Judges are appointed by the Governor to their terms of service and retained in office by the voters of Idaho. 

Parole - A person is able to "parole" or be released from a prison sentence during the indeterminate portion of their original sentence. Probation & Parole Division staff are then responsible to supervise or monitor those persons placed on parole. The granting authority for parole is the Idaho Commission on Pardons and Parole.

Of Note:  Parole Board Members are appointed by the Governor to their terms of service. 

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