pro·​ba·​tion·​er | \ prō-ˈbā-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce probationer (audio) \

Definition of probationer

1 : a person (such as a newly admitted student nurse) whose fitness is being tested during a trial period
2 : a convicted offender on probation

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Though the department oversees tens of thousands of adult probationers, with 6,500 employees and a $1-billion budget, the thrust of the current reform effort is focused on juvenile detention facilities. Matt Stiles,, "L.A. County to propose new oversight panel for troubled Probation Department," 12 June 2019 One is Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program, which aims to reduce alcohol and drug use and recidivism among high-risk felony probationers. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "I Was One Of The Top Doctors In My Field. I Was Also An Opioid Addict.," 25 Feb. 2019 For example, as of 2007, three-quarters of the people on probation in New York City were black or Hispanic, compared to 17 percent of probationers who were white, according to the most recent publicly available probation profile. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "New York City Will End Marijuana Arrests for Most People," 19 June 2018 The new complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia accuses three state agencies of failing to provide deaf and partially deaf inmates, probationers and parolees with interpreters and other tools to communicate effectively. Washington Post, "Lawsuit: Georgia is denying equal access for deaf inmates," 20 June 2018 Laye also faces charges of obstruction of an officer and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "UPDATE: Atlanta officer suspended after arrest in $30K drug raid," 13 June 2018 Going forward, no probationer will be allowed there. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "Drug users got exploited. Disabled patients got hurt. One woman benefited from it all. | Charlotte Observer," 21 May 2018 Creagh also was convicted of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, simple battery and possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer. Steve Burns, ajc, "Man gets 16 years for Cobb robbery that netted him less than $1,000," 15 May 2018 About three-quarters of them are conducted via videoconference from the county jails, each probationer a forlorn figure in a blue prison uniform heard through a tinny speaker. Samantha Melamed,, "Meek Mill's not alone. Study finds 'indefensible' overuse of probation, parole in Pennsylvania," 24 Apr. 2018

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1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pro·​ba·​tion·​er | \ prō-ˈbā-shə-nər How to pronounce probationer (audio) \

Legal Definition of probationer

: one (as an offender or employee) who is on probation

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