court probation | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Community Corrections

Court probation is a form of punishment that allows a person who has been convicted of a crime to serve their sentence outside of jail or prison under the supervision of a probation officer.

Court probation is generally imposed as an alternative to incarceration and is typically reserved for nonviolent offenses or for first-time offenders.

While on court probation, a person must comply with certain conditions set by the court, such as reporting to a probation officer regularly, paying fines or restitution, and abstaining from drug or alcohol use. Court probation may also include requirements such as participating in counseling or rehabilitation programs, performing community service, or attending education or job training classes.

If a person on court probation violates the terms of their probation, they may be subject to additional penalties, such as being required to serve a portion of their sentence in jail or prison. Court probation is intended to help individuals reintegrate into society and avoid future criminal behavior.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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