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What is Probation?

When a person is convicted of a crime, he/she is then given a sentence by the court.

The judge has a variety of options available to him/her when deciding how a person should be punished. For example, sentencing may include a period of incarceration or the offender may be given a period of supervision within the community.

When the court orders probation, the offender remains in the community under the supervision of a probation officer. This does not mean that the offender is released from court without conditions. The court will order the conditions which the offender is to follow in a probation order.