Probation: a note
Probation is a sentence ordered on persons with minor criminal records and provides them a chance to redeem themselves so that they can lead a normal civilized life. This provided they refrain from any criminal activities in the future. Missouri Probation laws allows probation to be used as replacement for time spent in prison as well as time to be served after completion of an individual’s term in jail.
Missouri Probation Process
Missouri probation requires the convict to be kept under observation for a stipulated period of time, as ordered by the Missouri court. Initially a ‘probation report’ is prepared by the Missouri Probation department. This is done after the probation officer has finished questioning the offender and taken into account his past criminal records. The report contains a sentencing recommendation and is placed before the judge. The convict has the right to oppose the report. Based on the report the judge orders the probation sentence.
Missouri probation types
Missouri probation is of four types, intensive probation which is placed on serious criminals who need to be constantly monitored, standard probation, where the offender needs to visit the Missouri probation officers twice a week, unsupervised probation where the convict is expected to do the probation work himself without direct monitoring by the probation officer, informal probation in which the offender has not been proven guilty of a crime.
Missouri Probation Officers
Missouri probation officers are the backbone of the entire system of probationary punishment. They are regarded as the official representatives of the court and have the power to issue arrest warrants if such need arises. Their job includes enforcing the court orders, assessing the threat the convict might be to the public and to make the offenders aware of the negative impact of their crime on society.
Missouri probation general terms and conditions
Past Missouri probation records indicate that those persons who were found to comply with the general terms and conditions were let off even before the completion of their term on recommendation of the probation officer. Though Missouri probation laws show variations in terms and conditions of probation from person to person depending on the crime committed, some common ones include no future involvement in criminal activities, proper and timely payment of fines due, informing the court about any change of address or job, appear for a hearing on due date and so on.
Missouri probation violation
Since probation is itself a chance to rectify previous mistakes Missouri probation law imposes further punishments for anyone guilty of Missouri probation violation. The offender has to appear for a ‘probation violation’ hearing. His probation term may be increased or he may even be sent to jail. So it’s better not to look for a third or a fourth chance!
Missouri probation records
Missouri probation records not only contain details of persons with criminal records who had undergone probation but also other pieces of information like successful completion of probation rates, new felony sentencing rate and victim satisfaction rate. The Missouri department of Corrections contains all such records.