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Probation is an alternative to incarceration. At the time of a trial, a judge has the sole authority to recommend probation for a defendant. Once someone is granted probation, then he/she is considered an MDOC offender.

When an offender is granted probation, the Probation Agent immediately conducts an initial supervision interview with the probationer. At this time, the individual is provided with the conditions of his/her probation. During the term of probation, a probation agent monitors the individual throughout the probation sentence.

Crimes such as murder, capital murder, manslaughter, habitual offenders, and previous offense convictions automatically disqualify someone from receiving probation.

In addition, crimes can be classified as adjudicated or non-adjudicated.

For probation statistics, review page 3 of Monthly Fact Sheet​​​