CSOSA's Community Supervision Officers (CSOs) and line staff are organized into teams according to the type of caseload they manage. Most CSOs carry a caseload that includes parolees, supervised releases and probationers.
The length of an offender's probation, parole, or supervised release is determined by the Court at the time of sentencing or is established by the United States Parole Commission (for parole and revoked supervised release matters).
Following are the supervision types:
Probation: A court ordered disposition through which an adjudicated offender is placed under the control, supervision, and care of the Agency.
Parole: A term of community-based supervision that occurs during a sentence of incarceration. Parole is a form of early release from prison based on an offender's positive adjustment to rehabilitative goals that were established during the incarceration portion of a sentence.
Supervised Release: A term of supervision served after an offender is released from prison. The court imposes supervised release during sentencing in addition to the sentence of incarceration. Unlike parole, supervised release does not replace a portion of the sentence of incarceration, but is in addition to the time spent in prison. The offender is subject to the specified conditions of supervised release that are intended to prevent the offender's return to incarceration.