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When the U.S Parole Commission releases an inmate once the inpidual has completed part of his/her sentence in a federal jail. A U.S probation officer supervises the released inmate. The 1984 Sentencing Reform Act got rid of parole and recommended a system where the jail sentence allocated by the court was the sentence served by the inpidual.

After finishing his sentence, the man was released on parole.

Synonyms: free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose





An individual/business that files a complaint with the court.

The plaintiff sued the defendant for $500,000.

Synonyms: Litigant, prosecutor, suer

Pro Se

pro se



The practice of representing yourself in court.

The defendant is conducting pro se representation.

Synonyms: self representation, for oneself





When someone is charged with a crime. A prosecutor is hired to find the evidence to convict the accused.

The state decided to prosecute the defendant.

Synonyms: take to court, bring/institute legal proceedings against, bring an action against, take legal action against, sue, try, impeach, bring to trial, put on trial, put in the dock, bring a suit against, indict, arraign

* These terms are general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Different states may define terms differently. These terms are not designed to be legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always seek advice from an attorney licensed in your state who is familiar with how your jurisdiction defines key legal terms that are important in your particular matter.

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