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A person who has been sentenced to probation is subject to a probationary period of three years. During the probationary period, the person sentenced should conduct her/himself in an acceptable manner and maintain her/himself according to her/his capacity.

At the same time as the judgment, the district court will appoint a probation officer, who will assist and support the person sentenced. The district court may, for example in the judgment, specify rules about medical care, work and housing during the probationary period.

The probation may be combined with imprisonment or with an obligation to undergo care according to a predetermined treatment plan (contract care). The probation may also be combined with day fines and/or an obligation to perform unpaid work during a particular period (community service).

A short time after the judgment has been made, the non-institutional care service will contact the person sentenced to probation for a discussion. The non-institutional care service will supervise the monitoring, which normally runs for one year from the date of the district court's judgment.

The order may be changed, a new order made or a warning issued if the person sentenced conducts her/himself in an unacceptable manner. The person sentenced may also in certain cases be taken into custody. In the case of serious transgressions, the probation may be revoked and replaced by another sanction, for example, imprisonment. 

If the person who has been sentenced probation commits a new offence during the probationary period, the district court may, among other things, order that both the probationary period and the surveillance period in the new case are extended. The probation can also be submitted with another sanction.

Senast ändrad: 2009-11-27