Under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, Congress eliminated parole for federal prisoners convicted of crimes committed on or after November 1, 1987. But the U.S. Parole Commission still exists. What is its current role?
Probation and supervised release are similar yet distinct ways that federal courts supervise people convicted of crime. Probation is an alternative to prison time, while supervised release follows prison time. These forms of supervision carry conditions that offenders must abide by. (For much more, see