Use of Probation
Probation can be best described as a second chance. When the crime is not so heinous that a prison sentence is absolutely imperative, probation serves as a good alternative, giving the accused a second chance to stay in society. Hence, not only is it beneficial for the accused, it also helps the society by reducing the number of criminals who end up being social outcasts after a prison sentence.
Probation is desired since it allows the probationer to remain in society like any normal human being. Unlike a prison sentence, probation does not destroy a person’s career and social and personal relations. Instead it tries to re-instil the lost values in him, the values pertaining to his responsibility in society. Hence, it looks towards reform rather than punishment.
A person under Nebraska probation has to face a lot of restrictions when living in society under probation. Generally, he is ordered to report to a supervising probation officer at certain time intervals. The probationer is barred from leaving the area, which may be a town, city, county or village, without explicit permission from a supervising authority. Curbs may be imposed on his personal life, including bans on gambling and visiting public houses. While a ban on substance abuse is almost certain, bans on drinking and smoking may also be handed out. In addition, the person is liable to be medically tested or otherwise checked periodically to ensure his compliance with the rules.
What if probation is violated?
One may end up violating the probation by breaking any of the curbs, failing to appear in front of the supervising officer or failing to pay fine or restitution. Such a condition must be avoided at all costs since the consequences are grave. Nebraska probation violation may lead to a jail sentence, extension of probation, revoking of probation or even stricter probation terms. Most importantly, it will undo all the good work the probationer did to redeem him.
Nebraska rules and developments pertaining to probation
The state of Nebraska has taken very modern and revolutionary approach towards dealing with probationers. With the advent of e-governance, the Nebraska government has facilitated the viewing of monthly probation supervision reports online. This has streamlined the interaction procedures between the supervising officer and the probationer. Furthermore, there have been drives organized such as the “Volunteer Probationer Counsellor Program” in Lincoln, Nebraska, which chooses volunteers from the general people to interact and work with probationers in the area. This gives the probationer a friend as well as a counsellor and supervisor with whom to work towards completing the probationary sentence, while making the job of the supervising officers a lot simpler. This is an excellent example of society being responsible for the greater good.
The main probation office in Nebraska is situated in Omaha and handles all probation related matters. Nebraska probation records, an important part of state criminal records, are also preserved. A divisional probation office is present in the state capital of Lincoln and can be reached at 402-437-5223.