WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROBATION (COMMUNITY CONTROL) AND PAROLE (POST-RELEASE CONTROL)?
Probation, which is also known as community control, is a period of supervision imposed by the Court in lieu of a prison sentence. Community control supervision at this level is the responsibility of the Marion County Adult Probation Department. If, however, a person is sentenced to prison, upon release he or she may be placed on parole, which is also known as post-release control (PRC). Whether a person is on PRC supervision is determined by the crime for which the person was sentenced; not all crimes carry a period of PRC upon release from prison. PRC supervision is the responsibility of the State of Ohio Adult Parole Authority.