The other day, my friend and I found ourselves caught up in a legal predicament. It wasn’t anything dramatic like robbing a bank, carjacking, or participating in drug-fueled escapades. No, all we did was hang out and have a simple conversation. Oh, I forgot to mention one crucial detail – we are both convicted felons.
According to The Supreme Court, the First Amendment protects our Freedom of Association. In simpler terms, we are free to socialize with whomever we choose. However, for those of us on supervised release, there may be restrictions on who we can associate with. Having contact with other known felons is generally seen as a violation of our release terms, whether it be through parole or probation. So, the question arises: can felons associate with each other?
As convicted felons, we are not allowed to communicate or interact with individuals engaged in criminal activity. If we happen to know someone with a felony conviction, we must refrain from knowingly communicating or interacting with them, unless given permission by our probation officer. It essentially means that we cannot socialize, cohabitate, or engage in romantic relationships with other felons, or what society deems as known criminals.
While this answers the basic question of whether convicted felons can have contact with each other, the specifics vary from state to state. Each state has its own definition of “contact” and governs accordingly. Some states prohibit parolees and probationers from fraternizing with anyone who has a previous criminal record. On the other hand, other states allow association with individuals having a criminal history, as long as they are not currently engaging in criminal activities. It’s intriguing how interpretations can differ so greatly, right? You might be wondering who has the audacity to dictate who you can and cannot talk to.
One of the primary reasons behind these restrictions is to prevent offenders from falling back into their old ways. It’s justified when you consider the statistics. Temptation lurks everywhere, ready to pounce when you least expect it. By surrounding ourselves with a crowd that knows only criminal activities, we increase the likelihood of getting into trouble.
Now, let’s address the question of whether a felon can be around an ex-felon. The issue lies not with the individuals who have completed their sentences (ex-offenders), but rather the felons currently under supervision. Often, the terms of probation or release prohibit association with someone convicted of a felony.
What about two people on probation being around each other? When on any supervision program, there are numerous rules to follow. One of the general guidelines for probationers is to avoid associating with other individuals on probation or parole.
Living arrangements for felons can be tricky as well. Whether two felons can live together depends on various factors. While terms of release or probation commonly prohibit felons from cohabitating, there may be exceptions made by a judge in certain cases. In such situations, the felons must prove hardship and provide a valid reason for the living arrangement. These decisions are usually made on a case-by-case basis and require approval from the probation officer.
Now, let’s end on a positive note and address the question of whether two felons can be in a relationship. Ironically enough, while it may be considered illegal for felons to associate with each other and violate probation terms, they may still have the legal right to marry. The right to marry is considered a fundamental one. Although the requirements may vary slightly from state to state, as long as the couple consists of a man and a woman, both of legal age, and not closely related by blood, they can legally marry, regardless of their felony convictions. However, it’s crucial to note that navigating such a relationship can be extremely risky.
Parolees and probationers are subject to a long list of conditions imposed by the court or parole board. One common condition is to stay away from other convicted felons. Engaging in a relationship with someone on probation or parole while you are currently on supervision yourself will not be viewed favorably by the authorities. It is generally advisable to wait until one of the parties is off supervised release to fully pursue and enjoy the relationship. Life is already challenging for a single felon, let alone two. So, why complicate matters further?
Bonus tip: Exercise caution when communicating with others, whether through social media, email, or offline. Violating the terms of probation can occur due to communication or any other misconduct. It’s essential to use good judgment in your interactions and choose your company wisely. Building trust and maintaining open communication with your probation or parole officer can help them better understand your situation and possibly provide accommodations. These efforts aim to prevent trouble, aid in offender adjustment and reentry, and most importantly, ensure we don’t become another sad statistic. Once off supervised release, felons can interact freely with each other. Stay well and stay out of trouble.
- The Educated Felon