Wayne County Probation and Parole Office
Address: Wayne County Courthouse (first floor), 609 Azalea Drive, Waynesboro, MS 39367
Probation is an alternative to incarceration. At the time of a trial, a judge has the sole authority to recommend probation for a defendant. Once someone is granted probation, then he or she is considered a Mississippi Department of Corrections’ offender.
When an offender is granted probation, an agent immediately conducts an initial supervision interview with the probationer. At this time, the individual is provided with the conditions of his or her probation. During the term of probation, a probation agent monitors the individual throughout the probation sentence.
Crimes such as murder, capital murder, manslaughter, habitual offenders, and previous offense convictions automatically disqualify someone from receiving probation.
In addition, crimes can be classified as adjudicated or non-adjudicated.
Depending on various factors including an offender’s criminal history, crime and sentence, some offenders could be eligible for parole consideration after serving a portion of their sentence. Although an offender might be eligible for parole, it is not guaranteed that one will be granted parole. Whether or not an offender is released early to parole is within the complete discretion of the Mississippi State Parole Board.
A list of all offenders eligible for parole is generated each month and sent to the Parole Board. When considering whether to grant or deny parole the Board considers a multitude of factors including, but not limited to, the following:
- Severity of offense
- Number of offenses committed
- Psychological and/or psychiatric history
- Disciplinary action while incarcerated
- Community Support or Opposition
- Amount of Time Served
- Prior misdemeanor or felony conviction(s)
- Policy and/or juvenile record
- History of drug or alcohol abuse
- History of violence
- Crimes committed while incarcerated
- Escape history
- Participation in rehabilitative programs
- Arrangements for employment and/or residence
- Whether the offender served in the United States Armed Forces and received and honorable discharge
Victims and family members of victims are allowed to make impact statements to the Parole Board.