52-2 LobbyGenerated by the presiding judge, probation is a sentence that allows the offender to reside in their community under the supervision of a probation officer.  The decision is issued after careful study of the offender's background, behavior, and potential for success.  The decision is also based on the thinking that rehabilitation of certain offenders may be impaired by incarceration.  While under supervision of the Probation Department, misdemeanor offenders are responsible for complying with the conditions imposed by the Court by making referrals to rehabilitative, preventive or educational programs.  It may also require restitution to crime victims, community service, and regular alcohol or drug testing. 

NOTE:  Probation files ARE NOT a part of the public record.