Why is it important to know what type of supervision I am on, and the rules I must follow?

It is important to know what kind of supervision you are on, and what rules of supervision apply to you, because these rules impact every part of your life: where you can travel, where and how often you have to report to a supervising officer, the steps you should take if you are having a problem with the rules (“conditions”) of your supervision, the amount of time you’ll be under supervision in the community, the types of record-cleaning and record-improving remedies available to you, the type of contact you may have with certain people or family members, your ability to vote and serve on a jury, and MORE. This chapter will help to explain the rights and responsibilities you may have under each specific type of supervision — state parole; county probation, mandatory supervision, or PRCS; federal probation, supervised release, or federal parole.