What is Community Supervision, and what happened to Adult Probation? Are they the same thing? In Tarrant County, Community Supervision used to be called Adult Probation. So, they are the same thing; however, we no longer refer to it as Adult Probation. That being said, when you think of probation, think of Community Supervision and you have it right.
A judge orders Community Supervision (think probation) whenever a defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty by a jury to a misdemeanor or a felony offense. Defendants find Community Supervision far more appealing than being behind bars because, with Community Supervision, the defendant gets to live and work in the community instead of being in jail or a state prison – both of which are inherently dangerous.
Conditions of Community Supervision
You’re probably very familiar with probation in other states, which involves “terms” or “conditions,” such as the defendant must not drink or use drugs, the defendant must report regularly to their probation officer, stay away from known criminals, pay restitution, and receive counseling – those types of conditions.
Common probation conditions in Tarrant County:
- Do not break the law.
- Avoid vicious or violent habits.
- Abstain from illegal drugs.
- Stay away from known criminals.
- Let your supervision officer visit your home.
- Remain gainfully employed.
- Financially support your children.
- Do not own or possess a firearm.
- Stay in Tarrant County, unless your supervision officer gives you permission to leave.
Community Supervision is no different than probation; defendants on Community Supervision must adhere to a list of conditions set forth by the judge presiding over their case. When a defendant closely follows all of the conditions of their supervision, he or she is demonstrating to the judge that they are being productive members of society and are respecting the courts.
Are There ‘Rewards’ for Being Good?
If an offender follows all of the conditions of their supervision and the court is satisfied with the results, he or she will be discharged from the supervision once they complete the term set forth by the court. In some cases, a defendant will receive an early release from supervision.