Probation is the conditional release of an individual by the court after he has been found guilty of the crime charged. Over the past decade probation has become the sentence that is ruled more than any other. With over populated prisons, alternative sentencing has been the top choice when dealing with adult violent offenders. Probation population has become almost two times the size compared to prison population. The number of offenders has doubled when statistics are compared over the past decade. Probation officers today deal with supervisions like house arrests and electric monitoring. These enforcements in some areas will charge certain fines and fees for these extra services.
      Probation and Parole officers help in treatment and rehabilitation of the offenders. They help them with finding jobs and aid in keeping strong ties in their family atmosphere. These cases can be somewhat difficult or surprisingly very complex. Another way probation is used is through community services. Community based services require the cooperation of its neighbors and the resources to make this a valid option. It requires the officers to find and keep contact with their offenders to make sure no harm or crime is committed. The main objective in community-based programs of probation is keeping the community safe.
      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. Probation is one of the least restrictive penalties among the alternatives confronting a sentencing judge. For probation, the individual will not be 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...