Parole Officers

Parole is the conditional release of a prisoner who has not served out a full sentence. A long-standing practice of the U.S. justice system, parole is granted for a variety of reasons, including the "good behavior" of a prisoner, as well as overcrowding in prisons.

Prisoners on parole, or parolees, are assigned to a parole officer upon their release. It is the job of the parole officer to meet periodically with the parolee to ensure that the terms of the release are followed; to provide guidance and counseling; and to help the parolee find a job, housing, a therapist, or any other means of support. Parolees who break the release agreement may be returned to prison. In 2008, there were about 103,400 probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, including parole officers, working in the United States.


Quick Facts
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Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
Skills
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required

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