Q: If an inmate gets approved for parole, but also has been offered shock probation, which one is more desirable?
I have a friend who’s a current inmate sentenced to 3 years but got over 500 credit days from time already served and good time. He says he has been given paperwork in prison saying he’s being considered for parole at the end of this month (August) but his eligibility date isn’t until October 1st of this year. However, he has a shock probation hearing coming up in 2 weeks. What if he is approved for shock probation? Would it be more smart to wait until his parole eligibility date instead and just accept parole? We don’t know the specifics of the conditions of one vs. the other so I’m not sure if generally parole doesn’t last as long/the conditions aren’t as strict as shock probation.
A: Shock probation is likely his better option because if he violates he goes back in front of a judge and prosecutor that have some discretion to leave him on probation. If you violate parole it is a much more basic hearing with a rubber stamp of violation with a likely return trip to prison.
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