What is probation?
Instead of sending you to prison a court may sentence you to probation.
If you’ve been convicted of a crime, you may be placed on probation for a period of time. The Probation Order is an agreement between you and the court, supervised by a probation officer. Provided that you keep to the terms of the order and work with the probation officer, the court will not impose any further penalty.
What conditions might the court order?
Conditions may include:
- a curfew
- following a work plan
- attending all appointments with the probation officer
- obeying the terms of the probation officer
- not leaving the Island
- having alcohol / drug or psychological treatment
Reasons you can be put on probation
You can be put on probation as part of a community sentence, which requires a convicted person to perform unpaid work for the community in lieu of imprisonment. This is supervised by the Probation Service.
What crimes could result in probation?
Probation may be ordered for any offence where the penalty is not fixed by law.
If you are considered to be a significant risk to yourself or others you will be subject to a Risk Assessment Management Audit System (RAMAS) or Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). These are inter-agency processes to assess and manage the related risks and bring together the police, probation and prison service.