A state parole officer has a lot of power in exercising his/her discretion over a parolee assigned to him/her. A convicted felony gives up lot of rights as a parolee under most state laws. Your friend should not cause any trouble with the person that is supervising him. He should comply with the rules and conditions of parole. Should the PO be polite and civil? Yes. Bite his tongue and try to get along. They are not equals under the criminal justice system.
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Your pal is in a very weak position, he should follow the PO's direction--the PO holds all the cards, your friend none. Your friend should consider apologizing to the PO--as tough as that might be to do..
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Getting cross-wise with a P.O. for any reason, right or wrong, is a dubious and doomed strategy. Some would call it a failure of basic knowledge. That's an easy and obvious conclusion.
But consider this, too: your "friend" needs to develop the skill set of standing down when that is the wise strategy. Not every confrontation can be resolved by vindication. Your friend's P.O. knows that your friend has a critical need to learn the specific skill of not letting every clash and every confrontation blow up into a full-scale problem. Until there is evidence of that learning and the capability of using it, your friend's P.O. will have legitimate doubts about your friend. And that does not serve your pal.
So the real question is: Does friend have the ability to stop being his own worst enemy?
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