Break rules, return to jail

For nearly every convicted felon who successfully finished probation without doing drugs, drinking alcohol or committing a new crime, one more breaks the rules and ends up going back to prison.

When a judge sentences a person for committing a crime, part of that sentence can be suspended and instead served on probation.

Probation allows offenders to have almost as much freedom as someone who’s never broken the law. They can live at home and go to work, but they must have occasional meetings with a probation officer, take random drug tests and follow other rules, such as paying fees or not contacting certain people.

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