Indiana laws allow some offenders to complete probation instead of spending time in jail. Probation allows offenders to seek treatment for drug and alcohol problems, maintain employment and participate in community service activities. Offenders on probation must follow specific rules and regulations during the term of the probationary period. If an offender breaks these rules, he risks having to serve the rest of his sentence in jail.
Offenders assigned to probation in Indiana must report to their probation officers on a regular, usually monthly, basis. The Indiana Case Classification System assists probation officers in determining how often an offender must report. Offenders with a low risk of committing other crimes do not have to report as often as high-risk offenders. Probation officers may also allow low-risk offenders to report to them in writing instead of in person.
Employment and Education
Indiana probation rules require offenders to maintain some type of employment or enroll in an educational program to improve job-related skills. If an offender loses her job or switches jobs, she must notify her probation officer. If a probation officer requests pay stubs as proof of employment, the offender must provide them.
Fines, Fees and Restitution
Offenders who have to pay fines or restitution for their crimes must satisfy their obligations during the probation period. Each county also charges a probation fee for their supervision services. The offender must pay this monthly fee or risk additional fines or imprisonment. The fee for probation depends on the offender’s county of residence. In Jennings County, offender must pay a $20 monthly fee for misdemeanors and an initial fee ranging from $50 to $183. Some offenders also have to pay administration fees or urine or drug testing fees.
Drug and Alcohol Use
Indiana prohibits those on probation from drinking alcohol or using drugs. Offenders must also avoid spending time with drug users and submit to random urine drug testing. Each offender is responsible for his own drug testing costs.
Indiana forbids out-of-state travel for offenders on probation, unless the offender requests and receives permission from the court or a probation officer. The offender must obtain written permission if she plans to leave Indiana for more than 24 hours, according to LaPorte County Courts.
Compliance with Laws
People on probation must comply with all Indiana laws and regulations. Licensed drivers must maintain their vehicle registrations and auto insurance policies. If a probation officer or other law enforcement official discovers an offender in violation of his probation, the officer can petition the court to revoke probation. If a judge revokes probation, the offender must serve the remainder of her sentence in jail.