Probation & Parole Services

The Probation and Parole Division consists of District Managers, Supervisors, Officers, Investigators, program and support staff who live and work across the State of Idaho in seven District Offices. 

These staff provide many services including supervision, investigation, educational and behavioral programming, and monitoring of the 17,000 persons currently placed on probation or parole. 



What is Parole?

In Idaho, parole is governed directly by the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. The Probation and Parole Division oversees the supervision of parolees in the community. Parole is the release of a person from imprisonment to the community by the Commission of Pardons and Parole, prior to the expiration of his or her sentence, subject to conditions imposed. Those placed on parole are required to abide by certain terms and conditions set by the Commission, with parole officers tasked to monitor compliance, with an emphasis on increasing the person's success. Parolees generally have the same terms and conditions as probationers and are required to participate in community programming.

What is Probation?

In Idaho, probation is governed directly by the District Courts. Probation is the result of suspending the sentence of a person convicted of a felony offense and granting that person the opportunity to remain in the community, in lieu of imprisonment. Persons granted probation by the District Judge are given a suspended sentence or withheld judgment. A withheld judgment is a sentence that has not been imposed and the possible conviction is set aside once the person successfully completes a probationary period. The courts govern all probation conditions. 

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