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Probation Violations

Probation is an alternative form of sentencing that allows an individual to serve time while living in his/her Tennessee community, rather than in prison, under the supervision of a probation officer.

The purpose of probation is to maintain control over the individual during the probationary period and ensure that they do not commit any other crimes.


If a person violates probation, whether by committing another crime or by failing to report to a probation officer, there are several possible consequences:

  • the probation could be extended,

  • further conditions of probation could be imposed, or

  • the original sentence could be imposed, meaning the violator would be incarcerated.

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