What is probation?

Probation is community supervision of offenders who have been ordered by the Circuit Court to comply with specific conditions. The Circuit Court Judge imposes a sentence that can consist of jail, tether, community service, probation or any combination of these and others. If the offender is placed on probation, the Judge determines the conditions which the offender must obey. The Judge also establishes any fines, costs, and restitution that the offender must pay. Field agents from the probation office supervise the offenders and monitor their compliance with the terms of probation while in the community. The sentencing judge is responsible for making any decisions regarding the offender’s status.

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