The terms and conditions of a persons probation are clear, cut, and dry. Probation is a prison sentence that has been suspended on the condition that the offender follows certain prescribed rules and commits no further offenses (Sieter, 2011). A probation officer evaluates offender progress and recommends intensity of supervision based on observations from time of conviction through the period of adjustment after release from an institution (FL DOC, 2012). The whole program is pretty much laid out for you, all you have to do is follow it.
Case #1 is Stanley Gravas a 41 year old male, apprehended for DWI (drinking while intoxicated). This is Mr Gravas’ second DWI offense. He states that the reason for the offense is due to the loss of his third child (son) in an apparent boating accident. I do hold some sympathy for Mr Gravas, but we have to admit we are a little shocked with him working for an insurance company for 18 years they had not noticed problems and provided assistance. He is well educated and seems to have a good head on his shoulders and does not present any need for stricter supervision, as long as we can get him back on the right track. It seems as if life was great (job, home) for the Gravas’ family prior to the death of the child. We strongly suggest and recommend that he definitely seek professional help, attend drug/alcohol treatment, and some sort of family counseling.
Stanley Graves has made tremendous improvements after following the conditions of his probation. Upon attending drug/alcohol treatment and frequent AA meetings, Mr. Graves has remained sober for two months. He and his family have benefited greatly from the counseling sessions on dealing with the death of the child. We believe that Mr. Graves is on the right track and will remain sober. Alcohol treatment and family counseling seems to be working for him and his family.
Case # 2 is offender Gary Harrison. He is a 29 year old male accused of...