Adults convicted of
felonies in Circuit Court are sometimes placed on probation.
Supervision of probation is performed by the Michigan
Department of Corrections in order to insure compliance with
the terms of probation.
Probation may be imposed for
misdemeanors and felonies except murder, treason, armed
robbery, criminal sexual conduct in the first or third degree,
certain controlled-substance offences, or felonies in which a
firearm was used. While it is the responsibility of the
department to supervise adult felony probationers in Michigan,
courts retrain legal control over the offender.
In general, the statutory maximum term
of probation is five years for felonies and two years for
misdemeanors. Life probation is authorized for some drug
offenses. However, within the statutory maximum, the
length of probation is determined by the judge at sentencing.
While it is the primary responsibility
of MDOC probation agents to monitor offender behavior during
supervision to ensure compliance with the probation order, it
is the judge who sets the offender's conditions or requirements
of probation. Beyond statutory probation conditions
requiring the offender to avoid criminal behavior, not leave
the state without permission and report as specified by the
agent, the court is free to impose special conditions of
probation based on the offender's criminal and personal
history. Special conditions may require jail confinement,
substance-abuse treatment, community service, high school
completion, restitution, fines, court costs and supervision
fees, electronically-monitored home confinement, placement in a
state-funded probation residential center, and/or finding
officers also oversee payment of court ordered obligations of
probationers including repayment of restitution.
Further information can be obtained at:
MDOC Adult Probation
255 Clay St.
Lapeer, MI 48446
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