Probation is a term used when a court sentences an offender to a community-based supervision order that requires an offender to be supervised by a probation and parole officer.
The probation and parole officer works with the offender to address their offending, and make sure they keep their promise to the court.
Depending on the type of probation and the seriousness of the offence, some offenders will have to spend time in prison as well.
There are different types of community-based orders for adults and youths.
For more information on youth probation, go to young people and going to court.
For more information on community based orders supervised by Community Corrections view the fact sheets:
Last updated: 05 February 2016