Michigan Absconder Laws

If an absconder is located, he will be immediately remanded into custody.
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In Michigan, an absconder warrant is issued by law enforcement when a parolee or probationer fails to report to the parole or probation office as required. By issuing a warrant, law enforcement is able to arrest the individual on the spot if located. By arresting an absconder, law enforcement is sending a message that it will not allow offenders to flout the conditions of their commitment.

Parole Absconder

Parolees who have absconded have eluded their supervision by failing to report to their assigned parole officer as agreed. Parole absconders are sought by the Michigan Department of Corrections. It is the view of the department that absconders pose a direct threat to the safety and health of the community. If you are aware of a parole absconder, you can send an email to: Corrweb@Michigan.gov. If you know the whereabouts of the absconder, you can include that in the email. Parole absconder warrants are divided into two categories: failure to report and fleeing from supervision.

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Probation Absconder

Probation absconders fall under the jurisdiction of the county where the sentencing took place. Just like parole absconders, probation absconders have eluded supervision by failing to report to the probation department as agreed. If you know the whereabouts of a probation absconder, you can contact the sheriff's department in the county where the probationer was arrested. In order to avoid a probation absconder warrant, the probationer should maintain contact with the probation department. If an appointment needs to be missed, the department should be contacted and the appointment rescheduled. If a probationer moves out of the county, a new address must be given to the probation officer.


If an offender has received a discharge from his sentence, probation or parole, he will no longer be under the supervision of the Michigan Department of Corrections. If there is no active sentence, the department has no reason to contact the offender or issue an absconder warrant. An offender can receive a discharge, while or parole or probation, if he fulfills his commitment. A discharge can also be obtained if the maximum portion of a jail sentence has been completed prior to parole. A discharge is automatically issued if an offender dies.


In Michigan, if an inmate escapes from jail, a warrant will be issued. The warrant is not considered an absconder warrant but is issued and enforced by law enforcement.