What is the difference between probation and parole?

Probation is a sentencing alternative that does not involve a period of incarceration.

Parole is a conditional release from incarceration to serve the balance of the original sentence under the supervision of a parole officer. 

The conditions are the same and there is no difference between the a Probation Officer and a Parole Officer. It should be noted that the there are two paroling authorities in Pennsylvania: the Common Pleas Court Judges and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. The Board of Probation and Parole has parole and supervisory authority over those offenders sentenced to two years or more in prison.

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1. How do I find out how much I owe in fines, court costs, restitution and other fees?
2. When should I begin making payments?
3. How do I make payments?
4. What is a payment plan?
5. What will happen if I do not make payments as ordered?
6. What if I move or change employment?
7. What should I do if I am unable to work due to a medical condition and cannot comply with my payment plan?
8. What is an administrative fee?
9. What is a supervision fee?
10. What happens if I bounce a check?
11. What is a judgment?
12. If I am ordered to receive court-ordered restitution but have not received any money, who should I contact?
13. What is the difference between probation and parole?
14. What is Intermediate Punishment?
15. What is ARD?
16. If I am on probation or parole, can I live or travel wherever I want?
17. If I am on ARD, probation, parole or intermediate punishment, am I legally allowed to possess a firearm?