Probation is a
sentencing alternative that allows the offender to live in the
community under the supervision of a probation officer.
It is based on the philosophy that the rehabilitation of some
offenders will occur through the benefit from the support and
encouragement of a supervised freedom rather than the need for
A supervised term
of probation begins at the moment of sentencing. An
average district court probation term will generally span from
six months to two years. The term is decided by the judge
and monitored by a probation officer. The Judge may also
set a jail penalty, or hold a jail penalty in abeyance, which
may be enforced if the probation terms are not followed.
The Probation Office can be reached at