Probation is that sentence which is given by the judge to a convict or someone waiting for the trial in lieu of imprisonment. This is particularly for the offenders who have been taken into custody for the first time and have no previous criminal records. It is an opportunity given so that they can rectify the misdemeanor and in due course of time, live a normal social life. Someone on probation is abided by some rules set by the court. This way, he or she is on constant watch by a probation officer to maintain the proper behavior.
Delaware Probation Overview
According to the guidelines set by SENTAC, Probation Division of Delaware Department of Correction sentences the probationers as per the graveness of the crime. The level of supervision is also determined by the same factor. There are four levels of supervision and finally the fifth one is putting the probationer into jail. The levels of Delaware Probation are:
Administrative Supervision or the First Level- This is the most lenient of four levels of Delaware probation. Only the offenders with least threat to the society are subjected to this level of supervision.
Probation and Parole or the Second Level- This is the basic program under which the probationer needs to meet the Probationer Officer regularly. These Probationer Officers act as the counselors.
Intensive Supervision or Third Level- In this level, Delaware Probation Officers closely monitor the adult criminals so that they do not commit another while on probation. This is done also to assure their smooth return to the mainstream. If they behave well when on probation, as per the recommendation of Intensive Supervision Unit, SENTAC can move the cases to previous levels.
House Arrest Program or Fourth Level- If the offender is proved to be dangerous then he or she is confined to one designated house and is under digital and electronic surveillance 24 X 7 by the Delaware Probation Officers.
Fifth level is that of incarceration.
Delaware Probation Violation
A new centre for Probation Violation has been established by Delaware Corrections in Sussex. This is not a jail but a unit with facilities of Fourth Level or House Arrest program. Probationers who fail to abide by the norms of their level of probation are taken to this centre and put into Level IV treatment. This does not mean that they have committed crimes when in community rather broke the set of rules, for example, not reporting to the Probation officer, change address or job without notifying the authority etc. This centre follows strict regulations like followed in military. This helps them coming to the terms with the norms of society and they stick to the rules set for them when they come back to the community for good.
Delaware Probation Offices
There are a total of eight offices of Delaware Probation and Parole Reporting.
Delaware Probation Dictionary
Information on Delaware Probation are not fully accessible to the common public for security purposes. These are part of the criminal records used for official purposes only. However, their age, sex and reason of being on probation is accessible.