Aspects of Probation Essay

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Aspects of Probation


There are times when almost everyone wonders exactly what the purpose of probation is,
what kinds of conditions can be imposed if someone is put on probation, and what roles the
probation officer and the court systems play in the scheme of things. If you know someone
that is on probation it may not hurt to know a little bit about the way it works and that
is exactly what we will be talking about here.


Probation is one of the least restrictive penalties among the alternatives confronting a
sentencing judge. Probation is the conditional release of an individual by the court after
he has been found guilty of the crime charged. In the case of probation then, the
individual has not been sentenced to prison, although he may, in fact, have been
incarcerated in jail following his arrest and awaiting trial.


Probation is in fact a charge and not a dismissal of charges, as many people believe. Many
people believe that putting a person on probation is just a "slap on the wrist" and that
it will not stop the person from committing further crimes but the term of probation is
supervision and if it is broken punishment will follow for the probationer.


Probation is a basic tool of rehabilitation for first time offenders and very few if any
person who has more than one offense will receive probation. These offenders are more
likely to receive jail or prison time for their offenses. Even first time offenders revert
to crime during probation, which in turn embarrasses the court that gave that person
probation rather than a jail or prison sentence.


One helpful aspect of probation is the indication of a certain trust and confidence placed
in the offender by the judicial order or probation officer. Another helpful aspect of
probation is that there is actual supervision and guidance by a probation officer.

Probation is an extension of powers of the court over the future behavior and destiny of
the convicted person by showing them ways to keep themselves out of trouble later and hope
that they will learn their lesson the first time. It helps to avoid the shattering effect
upon the individual's personality which so frequently follows imprisonment. Probation
manages to keep the person in his old moorings: it makes no sudden and violent wrench in
his daily habits; it does not destroy his family relations, his contacts with his friends,
or his economic independence. All that is good and desirable in the probationer's old
habits are not changed drastically. The crime for which the person was arrested isn't
dramatized and used as a reason for disrupting the rhythm of his life.


The number of conditions that a judge can impose upon a person on probation is amazing and
there are some that make some of us wonder how they can actually make a person live a life
that is not theirs. There are many conditions of probation that a judge or a probation
officer can impose upon the probationer. Some of the conditions that can be imposed
include: supporting his dependents and meeting any other family needs, paying a fine or
making restitution to the victim of the crime that was committed, keeping a job if they
have a suitable one and if not training for or getting one that is suitable.


There are some conditions that are imposed because of the offense that the probationer was
found guilty of, for instance, refrain from engaging in a specific occupation, business,
or profession bearing a reasonably direct relationship to the conduct constituting the
offense, or engage in such a specified occupation, business, or profession only to a
stated degree or under stated circumstances; refrain from frequenting specified kinds of
places or from associating unnecessarily with specified persons.


In a lot of cases conditions imposed include refraining from the excessive use of alcohol,
or use of any narcotic drug or other controlled substance without a prescription from a
licensed medical practitioner, refrain from possessing a firearm, destructive device, or
any other dangerous weapon. Also in many cases the court will impose a condition that the
probationer must undergo available medical, psychiatric, or psychological treatment for
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