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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The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles has announced times for probationers to report to the downtown Birmingham courthouse, following a controversy surrounding the office’s move to Shelby County earlier this month. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "Probationers can report monthly to downtown courthouse, notice says," 31 Aug. 2019 Murder and other felony charges were filed today against a 20-year-old probationer who allegedly fired a gunshot toward his brother, missing him but inadvertently killing a next-door neighbor asleep in his bed. Pomerado News, "Poway man charged for murdering his neighbor asleep next door," 21 Aug. 2019 While the Birmingham Field Office is now located in Shelby County, the office for Shelby County probationers is located in Columbiana. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "Lawyers call Birmingham probation office move to Shelby County ‘ridiculous’," 21 Aug. 2019 Kleiman spotlights the work of Judge Steven Alm, who randomly assigned probationers in his Honolulu courtroom to either traditional probation or his experimental Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE). Gabriel Rossman, National Review, "Mark Kleiman Was the Nation’s Greatest Thinker on Drug Policy," 23 July 2019 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

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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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