02. Supervised Release
When someone first arrives at U.S. Probation and is facing a term of 3 or 5 years, it can seem like an eternity. However, time passes by much quicker at home than it ever can in prison. Most people who go through Supervised Release have few complaints and note that it was far easier than they envisioned.
As your term of Supervised Release comes to a close, your Probation Officer will prepare a final report summarizing your time under her watch. In some cases, you may not even have to go into the Probation Office on the final day. By the time you are near the end Supervised Release, you will be living a life that resembles one without any oversight. The first thing you will notice is that you will not have to submit any more monthly reports.
If you have restitution outstanding, the Probation Officer may have you provide detailed information on your financial status. This could include copies of banks statements, financial assets, homes, cars, etc.
Also, for those who have restitution outstanding, and many people who were involved in white-collar crimes do, those monthly payments have to continue for a period of 20 years from the date of your exiting prison (not Supervised Release). As we will discuss more in the next section, Life After, you will not be subject to the constant oversight of someone assuring you are making payments but know that the government will continue to monitor your payments.
Now, back to your life.