Probation is a government program that has grown exponentially, but new strategies are demonstrating the system can accomplish more by supervising fewer people with a more tailored and incentive-oriented approach.

Key points:

  • Probation can be an alternative or gateway to incarceration.
  • Probation should be right-sized to serve only those individuals who require supervision for only the limited time period that their assessment and conduct indicate a continued need for supervision.
  • Incentives should drive probation policy, both for agencies and those they supervise.