Probation & Parole
Our probation and parole officers enhance public safety by helping offenders lead more pro-social lives and assist those who have been incarcerated to transition back into society after release.
As an offender under supervision, you may participate in various programs that meet your needs, including academic, job training, cognitive classes, and more.
For those with mental health issues or substance abuse problems, our probation and parole officers work with our mental health staff and substance abuse providers to provide the best care and potential for success.
When an offender is sentenced in circuit court, a judge may order an offender to complete a period of supervised probation in lieu of serving a jail or prison sentence. The offender will then be assigned to a probation and parole officer to complete their probation.
Depending on the various factors, a judge will order a period of supervised probation when an offender is released from incarceration.
Discretionary parole was abolished in Virginia for felonies committed in 1995 or after, requiring offenders to serve at least 85% of their sentences with the ability to earn good-time credits toward an early release date.
However, some offenders are eligible for parole consideration if they meet certain criteria. The Virginia Parole Board (VPB) handles all parole decisions, policies, and rulings. Learn more about who is eligible and how the parole process works on the VPB website.
After Release From Supervision
Once you have successfully completed probation or parole, you can apply for a pardon, clemency, or the restoration of your civil rights (like voting) through the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office.