What is Probation?


As a criminal justice sanction, probation is a tool that holds people convicted of crimes accountable and helps oversee their rehabilitation using evidence-based rehabilitation strategies. Evidence-based practices are supported by scientific research to reduce recidivism.

The goal of Probation is to prevent crime, reduce recidivism, restore victims and promote healthy families and communities by doing the following:

  • Administering research-based juvenile and adult probation programs.
  • Making recommendations to the courts and enforcing its orders in communities by providing supervision and treatment for juveniles and adults.
  • Overseeing the management, operation, programming, and administration of juvenile detention and rehabilitation facilities that promote positive behavior change.

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