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Definition of Probation

Probation is supervision of someone who has been found guilty of committing a crime. Probation limits the ability of the convicted person to participate in certain activities and generally is given in lieu of jail time. Probation requires the offender to complete certain court-ordered sanctions. For example, the offender may be required to perform community service, attend special education courses and/or pay compensation to the victims who have suffered loss as a result of the offender's crime. Offenders on probation may also be ordered to submit to an evaluation and/or attend counseling.

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