probation - Probation Probation is essentially a sentence...

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Probation Probation is essentially a sentence of suspended imprisonment. Probation can also be described as conditional freedom for an offender that is given out by a judicial officer. Usually, if the offender retains good behavior, they are allowed their basic rights and are not imprisoned. Sometimes an offender who has been given an extended sentence will be released early with probation. If an offender violates their probation terms, probation revocation will occur. This usually results in the offender returning to prison. Probation originated in England around the fourteenth century. Back then, petty offenders had the option of living with a willing citizen instead of going to jail. The first probation officer was American John Augustus in the early 1800's. Augustus attended court and offered to take selected offenders in as an alternative to jail. He originally dealt with public intoxication offenders, but soon accepted other offenders as well. Eventually, probation became much more popular in the
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