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“Pardon” Me, Are You on “Parole” or “Probation?”

In an earlier post, I defined the difference between jail and prison. Now, I’ll deal with freedom from same.

The one you want is a pardon.  We’re familiar with these because our presidents grant them, usually on the last day of their presidency, which I consider sneaky and underhanded, but that’s another issue. A pardon forgives and ends punishment.

If you’re found guilty of a crime, you might be sentenced to probation. This is when a person is convicted of a crime but not sent to jail or prison. With probation, the sentence is suspended.

Once you’ve served time, you might be eligible for parole. Being paroled means you have been released from jail or prison before you’ve served your entire sentence.

Therefore, saying “life in prison without possibility of parole” is redundant. The sentence is life in prison. If there is a possibility of parole, that’s the next sentence.

Until next time! Use the right words!


October 11, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

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