Parole Hold Law and Legal Definition

A parole hold is generally the authorization to detain a person suspected of violating condition(s) of their parole. Parole holds are governed by federal and state laws, which vary by state.

For example, under California laws, a parole officer can impose a hold if the officer concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe the parolee has violated a condition of his parole and is a danger to himself, a danger to the person or property of another, or may abscond. A parole hold authorizes the detention of a parolee charged with an alleged parole violation pending a parole revocation hearing. The parole officer is not required to obtain an arrest warrant prior to placing the hold and taking the parolee into custody. Within seven days after detention pursuant to the parole hold, the parolee must be notified of the reasons for the hold.