You’re probably familiar with the term “probation.” Here
in Texas, the term “Adult Probation” has been changed to “Community Supervision,” which is a sentencing alternative to incarceration. When an offender
is placed on Community Supervision, it means he or she is supervised by
the courts while they are in the community instead of behind bars.
According to the website
collincontytx.gov, “The single most used criminal punishment in the U.S. today, Community
Supervision is a judicial function governed by the courts that sentence
defendants.” Not just anybody can get Community Supervision; it
only applies to offenders who the court deems do not pose a threat to society.
“When carefully administered and applied to those who can safely
be monitored in the community, it [Community Supervision] can provide
rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into society, ultimately
helping to reduce crime,” according to collincountytx.gov.
Why Community Supervision is Popular
Our nation’s prison population has exploded in recent years, in effect
placing a heavy economic burden on taxpayers. The United States Justice
Department reports that more than two million Americans are incarcerated
– almost six times as many prisoners as we had in 1970, reports
Courts across the nation are in the practice of incarcerating dangerous,
violent offenders who endanger our communities. But for the nonviolent
offenders, such as those who commit minor drug crimes and
theft offenses, Community Supervision is an alternative to incarceration that allows
nonviolent offenders to rehabilitate, work, provide for their families
and be productive members of society.
Will you be sentenced to Community Supervision? It depends on the nature
of your offense and your criminal record. If you’re convicted of
a nonviolent crime, such as drug
shoplifting, or public intoxication, it is possible that you’ll get Community
Supervision. To learn more about your particular charges, contact our
office to schedule a consultation with a
Plano criminal lawyer!