CAN A FELON HANG OUT WITH ANOTHER FELON
The other day my friend and I broke the law; We did not rob a bank / carjack anyone / and/or shoot up smack together – all we did was just hung out and talked for a little.
I sat at his house listening to all his problems as I drank ginger ale to soothe a tummy ache I had from earlier in the day. Bad asses, aren’t we? Oh, did I fail to mention that we are both convicted felons?
With that, The Supreme Court has held that the First Amendment protects your Freedom of Association.
Meaning that you are free to socialize (or not), with whomever you choose or please. However, for those that have some legal hiccups and are on some form of supervised release, they may have terms and conditions that restrict this freedom and having contact with other known felons are generally regarded as a violation of that release.
This being parole or probation. So, the question turns to whom a convicted felon can associate with.
Can a felon associate with another felon?
As a convicted felon, you are not to communicate or interact with anyone you know engaged in criminal activity. If you know someone who has been convicted of a felony, you must not knowingly communicate or interact with that person unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer.
Put another way: You may not associate, socialize, co-habitate, nor have romantic involvement with another felon. I.E. what they consider known criminals.
While this covers the basic question Can a Convicted Felon Have Contact with Another Felon in a broad sense, the answer is really state specific.
Meaning, each state defines what constitutes “contact”, and as a result governs accordingly.
As a condition of parole/probation, some states prohibit a parolee/probationer from fraternizing with anyone who has previously been convicted of a crime – while other states permit association with others having a criminal record, as long as that person is not then engaging in criminal activity.
Pretty different views on how something is interpreted, huh? At this point, you just may be saying who the hell do you think you are, telling me who I can and cannot talk to.
One of the major reasonings behind these conditions put in place is due to offenders falling into old ways with the old crowd. It is justifiable – just look at the statistics. Temptation is everywhere and around every corner. Because of it, the opportunity for trouble is prevalent and has an easy way of finding you, even when not looking.
Having a felony is bad enough. You are considered a threat and danger to the public. A menace to society so to say. And when you add more faces to that crowd, its construed as conspiring with other criminals in a scheme and/or enterprise. Obviously, dealing with these types of conditions can lead to some very awkward and compromising situations.
Can a felon be around an ex-felon?
It all depends, as the issue does not lie with the person who has completed their sentence in full (ex-offender), but rather the offender currently under supervision, as often, terms of release or probation will prohibit you from associating with someone convicted of a felony.
Can two people on probation be around each other?
There are many rules one must adhere to when on any supervision program, as you are to obey all laws, court orders, and terms of your probation. That said, one of the general guidelines for a probationer is you must not associate with anyone else who is on probation or parole.
This individual must also recognize the challenges involved in such a demand, as high crime neighborhoods and areas where the offender may unfortunately reside in pose extreme risks. As a result, the probationer is under constant threats of violating due to what and who he/she is surrounded by and subjected to.
Can a felon live with another felon?
Once again, it all really depends. If both people have fully completed their sentences, two felons could live together. More often than not, terms of release or probation prohibit one felon from living with another, however, a judge may take exceptions in certain cases, as you must prove the hardship and reason for the living situation. Many of these decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and would need the approval of the probation officer.
I did want to close this post on a positive note, with the greatest thing of all mankind. I mean, what happens if you fall head over heels in love with another felon?
Can two felons be in a relationship?
Ironically enough, while it may not be legal for two felons to associate with each other and violate the terms of probation, it may be legal for them to marry, as the right to marry is a fundamental one.
While the requirements vary slightly from state to state, provided that one person is a man and the other is a woman, they are of legal age, and are not related too closely by blood, they have the right to marry, felon or not. Be that as it may, one is still treading very dangerous waters by doing such.
Parolees and Probationers are subject to a long list of conditions imposed by a court or parole board. Those conditions commonly include an order to stay away from other convicted felons.
By involving oneself in a relationship with someone currently on probation or parole, all while you are currently on supervision yourself, will not be met with the same joy and happiness by the powers that be. Married before release (while in prison) has a better chance of working.
Dating alone may jeopardize one of the parties freedoms while on supervised release. Better advice would be to hold off and wait it out till one of you is off of supervised release to advance and enjoy the relationship. Life is hard enough for one felon, let alone two – so why complicate matters.
Bonus tip: Be mindful of your communications through social media, email, on and offline with others (felons and those incarcerated), as you may get violated for communicating (or anything else for that matter).
Use good judgement with your interactions and the company you keep. Respect, build trust, and communicate with your probation/parole officer, as they may be able to help accommodate the situation.
All of this in efforts to avoid trouble, assist in offender adjustment and reentry, and most importantly, in not becoming another sad statistic. Once off supervised release, there are no contingencies involving two felons from interacting with one another. Stay well and out of trouble.
–The Educated Felon