on probation

on probation

1. Undergoing a temporary process or period during which a person's skill or suitability is tested or inspected. They gave me the job, but said I'll be on probation for two weeks to make sure that I can handle the pressure.
2. Serving a suspended criminal sentence on condition that one conforms to certain legal terms and conditions. My lawyer managed to get me out of any jail time, but I'll be on probation for the next year instead.
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on probation

 
1. Lit. serving a period of probation, typically after conviction for a crime. While Anne was on probation, she reported to the police regularly. John was on probation for a year.
2. Fig. serving a trial period. All new members are on probation for a year. I was on probation in my job for a full year before it became permanent.
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However, under Spanish law, he won't go to prison but serve the time on probation.
Joseph Griffin was convicted of a crime and placed on probation in the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services.
Knights, (36) the defendant was placed on probation for a drug offense.
Prior to developing the partnership, frustration often occurred in both departments because police officers repeatedly handled the same suspects, even though many were on probation or parole, while probation officers (or community supervision officers, the term used for probation officers in Texas) frequently lacked pertinent information about their clients' behavior on the street.
Between 1990 and 1995, 25 percent of the offenders responsible for 155 gun and knife homicides of individuals aged 21 and under were on probation at the time of the offense, Fourteen percent of the victims were on probation at the time of their deaths and at least 42 percent of the victims had been on probation at some time.(2) These findings contributed significantly to the development of the Boston strategy by clarifying information about victims and offenders and emphasizing the need for an approach that would focus resources on those individuals.
The program has had a great impact on probation compliance in Boston.