• The release of a prisoner whose term has not expired on condition of sustained lawful behavior that is subject to regular monitoring by an officer of the law for a set period of time. 
  • Violation of the terms may result in revocation of parole and a return to prison to complete his/her sentence.


  • A method of dealing with offenders by allowing them to go at large under the supervision of a probation officer.
  • A way of dealing with offenders without imprisoning them; a defendant found guilty of a crime is released by the court without imprisonment subject to conditions imposed by the court; probation is part of the sentencing process.

Probation with Restrictive Conditions

This sentence can include incarceration or court-mandated treatment. The partial incarceration can include options such as work release, etc. The non-incarceration portion may include Electronic Monitoring, House Arrest, Day Reporting, etc.

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)

  • This alternative program is for offenders who have a reasonable probability for rehabilitation.
  • Allows the prosecution of all charges filed against you to be suspended during the time you are in the program or dismissal of the charges upon successful completion of the ARD program.
  • The ARD Program includes:
    • Payment of or making arrangements for the payment of Court costs and supervisory fees.
    • Successfully completing and paying for any treatment, group therapy, counseling or intervention group program ordered by the Court.
    • No imprisonment.
  • An offender who successfully completes the program shall have his criminal record expunged (except for purposes of ARD consideration and/or sentence enhancement in the event of a subsequent offense).

Probation Without Verdict

  • A probationary program under the Drug Act for first offenders accused of nonviolent drug offenses without entering a judgment. Placed on probation for a specific amount of time. A condition of receiving this disposition is they must enter a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to the underlying drug offense.
  • If the offender fulfills the terms and conditions of probation, at the end of the probationary term it can be expunged.