Glossary of Terms


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1000 Foot Rule

Sex offenders cannot live within 1000 feet of any school, daycare, playground, or place where children may reasonably be expected to congregate


Short for Parole Board, this group of individuals determines if someone has in fact violated parole and if they will go back to prison as a result.Or modify each condition of a parolee’s release.  


What several Parole Agents commonly call or refer to their parolees. 


A drug test otherwise known as a drop. 

Dirty Drop

Failed drug test, v: Drop Dirty


A person who has committed a felony.


A category given to serious crimes (example: drug charge, murder conviction, etc.).  Not to be confused with a misdemeanor crime  (not as serious – example: petty theft).


The group therapy sessions that sex offenders are required to attend as part of their parole release agreement and special sex offender stipulations

Home visit 

Parole officers conduct routine check-ins on their parolees at home in order to verify living quarters for appropriateness and viability in addition to inspecting current conditions.


Mixing one drug with another (i.e. PCP with marijuana).

On paper 

Means someone has a criminal record and is currently being supervised by a government agency not necessarily just on parole. 


When a parole officer arrives unannounced at a parolee’s home, residence, or collateral location to verify compliance with expectation of behavior


Acronym for Sex Offender and Monitoring — Provides an integrated system of specialized programming to adult and juvenile sex offenders beginning in the Indiana Department of Correction, through the re-entry process, and provides monitoring services one the offender returns to the community under parole supervision.

Stipulations (or Stips) 

Special Rules of parole.   Agents can request special stipulations (drug rehab, no contact, anger management, SOMM, etc.) to be added to an individual’s parole agreement.  Disobeying your stips could result in a violation in addition to the 10 traditional rules of parole.


A sentence for a crime served in jail or prison, as in a “60-day stint behind bars.”


A cover sheet used to send paperwork including parole violations.  They are used for requesting information from the parole board.  


1. To break or disregard (a law for example).

2. To disturb or interrupt (to violate parole for example).


When someone on parole breaks their parole agreement.