Parole can prove beneficial to incarcerated individuals in Texas and the state who follow the rules. That said, parole also comes at a cost.

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice sheds light on the fines and fees associated with parole. Knowing what these are better prepares those thinking about applying for parole.

Standard fees

Being on parole comes with several standard fees. For instance, there are restitution costs, court fees and criminal fines. A person has to pay an additional fee just for being on parole in the first place. Depending on the parolee’s criminal record, she or he may have to foot the bill for special programs designed to help with rehabilitation, such as anger management.

The impact of fees

Because parolees may have no income or opportunities for employment after their prison release, they often have no choice but to turn to friends and family to help them cover the cost of being on parole. This can place a great deal of stress on all parties involved.

Failing to pay fees

Some argue that it is fair to expect parolees to pay fees and fines, mainly because parole is a sort of favor, and because taxpayers should not have to pay for the privilege probation represents. Even if a parolee adheres to the terms of her or his parole, failing to pay all fees and fines may become a parole violation. Parolees can find themselves back behind bars for their inability to pay their fees.

Using parole fees

Besides knowing what fees they need to pay, parolees also deserve a breakdown of fee usage. Depending on the jurisdiction, fees can fund rehabilitative programming and resources and correctional services.

Anyone thinking about applying for parole deserves to have a firm understanding of all financial responsibilities. Doing so helps create a solid foundation for success and satisfaction.