supervised probation | Definition

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

Supervised probation refers to a legal sentence in which an offender is allowed to remain in the community, subject to specific conditions and regular monitoring by a probation officer.

Supervised probation is a common form of criminal punishment that is often used as an alternative to incarceration or as a way to reintegrate offenders into society after a period of incarceration. During supervised probation, the offender is required to comply with certain conditions, such as attending counseling or treatment programs, refraining from drug or alcohol use, staying away from certain people or places, and regularly reporting to a probation officer.

The probation officer plays a critical role in the supervision process, as they are responsible for monitoring the offender’s compliance with the terms of probation and providing support and guidance as needed. They may also make recommendations to the court regarding modifications to the conditions of probation or the need for further sanctions in the event of a probation violation.

Supervised probation is typically ordered by a judge as part of a criminal sentence, and the length of probation can vary depending on the nature of the offense and the offender’s criminal history. In some cases, probation may be granted for a short period of time, while in other cases, it may last several years.

Supervised probation is designed to provide offenders with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to comply with the law and reintegrate into society while also protecting public safety through close monitoring and accountability.

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Last Modified: 03/14/2023


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