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Step 1 - Determine if Legal/Statutory Authority Permits Early Termination

The dosage probation model is predicated on clients’ ability to earn early termination from supervision through earnest engagement in risk-reducing interventions. Part 1 of the assess­ment is intended to determine if state/local legal/statutory provisions allow the probation department, court, and/or another entity such authority.

Legal Authority

  1. Does the jurisdiction/probation department have the legal/statutory authority to formally grant early discharge from probation?
  2. What is the authority? Is it presently exercised? If so, under what circumstances?
  3. If the authority exists but is not currently exercised, what needs to be done to make early discharge from probation possible?