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  • Shock probation is a sentencing alternative available in most jurisdictions in the United States.

    Shock probation involves sentencing a convicted criminal defendant to a short period of time in a correctional facility and then placing him or her on more traditional probation. A typical term of incarceration in a shock probation sentence is 30 days or less.

    The purpose for shock probation includes the theory that sending a criminal defendant into the penal system, even for a short period of time, "shocks" the individual. The "shock" works to encourage an offender to adopt a law-abiding lifestyle.

    July 6, 2011