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Forms of Probation Surveillance

Forms of Probation Surveillance

Violating probation has consequences.go to jail sign image by robert mobley from Fotolia.comA common myth of the criminal justice system is that police lock up criminals and probation officers let them go. The reality is somewhat more complex. Most probation departments have a specialized.........[Read More]
Pennsylvania Probate Information

Pennsylvania Probate Information

Pennsylvania probate law applies to any situation in which someone dies in the state, leaving behind property. These laws govern everything from how someone can create a will to what processes must be followed to administer a probate estate. Whether someone dies with or without a will, the state pro......[Read More]
What Is Formal Probation?

What Is Formal Probation?

Formal probation, also known as supervised probation, is granted to an offender who must report in person to her probation officer. Informal probation may also be called summary court probation, summary probation or court probation. Both the states and the federal government place individuals on for......[Read More]
How to Read True Crime Cases

How to Read True Crime Cases

True crime makes headlines of local newspapers every day, yet collecting newspapers may not be the best way to access true crime stories. Finding some of the most bizarre, fascinating real cases is not as easy as reading your local paper. There are several options to easily access the most interesti......[Read More]
How to File a Letter of Testamentary

How to File a Letter of Testamentary

A letter of testamentary is a legal document issued by the court during the probate process. The letters provide the authority to an individual to administer the estate, naming that individual as executor. To receive a letter of testamentary, a petition must be filed requesting an individual be name......[Read More]
Methods of Capital Punishment in Missouri

Methods of Capital Punishment in Missouri

There are 34 states that currently use the death penalty as a punishment, because capital punishment is such a highly debated subject, each state has specifically outlined reasons that must be met before administering the death penalty. For example, the state of Missouri has 14 different violations ......[Read More]
Advantages of an Early Parole

Advantages of an Early Parole

Parole is a mechanism used by the justice system that allows criminals to be released from prison, while still restricting some of their actions. Parole can be a benefit to criminals because it allows them to be re-introduced to society under the watchful eye of the justice system. At times, crimina......[Read More]
Factors to Consider for Probation

Factors to Consider for Probation

Probation is a way to monitor a convicted criminal without sending him to jail.handcuffs image by Daniel Wiedemann from Fotolia.comWhen deciding how to sentence the perpetrator of a crime, a judge has several options in determining on what sentencing is fair. Probation is a stay of a.........[Read More]
How do I Order Food for Prison Inmates?

How do I Order Food for Prison Inmates?

Prisons vary from state to state on whether it is permitted to order food packages for inmates. A complete list of prisons that allow food packages is not currently accessible, but the prisons in Ohio, New York and California all permit food packages to be ordered for inmates quarterly and annually.......[Read More]
The Effect of Incarceration on People

The Effect of Incarceration on People

Incarceration, especially when prolonged, can cause changes in behavior that friends and family members might find unusual. People living with ex-inmates should be patient regarding these abnormalities and seek counseling if necessary.......[Read More]
How to Complete Probation

How to Complete Probation

Probation is a sentence that is imposed by a criminal court instead of placing the criminal in jail. An offender who is on probation must follow certain rules assigned by the court under the supervision of a probation officer. If you do not follow the rules of your probation, you may receive a proba......[Read More]
Accident Investigation Definition

Accident Investigation Definition

According to the U.S. Department of Law, Mine Safety, and Health Administration Manual, "An accident is any unplanned event that results in personal injury or property damage. " The investigation of the accident is the gathering of the information to determine how and why the accident occurred in or......[Read More]
The Difference Between Excessive Force & Police Brutality

The Difference Between Excessive Force & Police Brutality

Police officers are often placed in dangerous and uncertain situations, and are forced to use their judgment regarding how to react to possible criminal activity. Occasionally officers react inappropriately, causing harm or distress beyond what is necessary in the course of protecting themselves or ......[Read More]
Halfway Houses for Ex-Cons in Utah

Halfway Houses for Ex-Cons in Utah

OverviewJupiterimages/Comstock/Getty ImagesFor many ex-convicts, leaving prison presents many challenging transitions. Often, state and local authorities will operate halfway houses to help facilitate a former prisoner's re-introduction into society.There are three primary halfway houses.........[Read More]
Computerization in the Police Department

Computerization in the Police Department

Today's police departments utilize computers in almost every aspect of public safety. From extensive national databases to community service websites, computers have increased the efficiency of compiling, processing, researching and analyzing all forms of criminal justice data. Despite an early relu......[Read More]
Is Probate Required for a Home Transfer After a Will was Written?

Is Probate Required for a Home Transfer After a Will was Written?

Probate--the process by which a deceased person's assets, debts, and responsibilities are distributed--is not required for any property transfers while a person is still alive. The presence or absence of a will does not change this.......[Read More]
Reasons to Dismiss Criminal Charges

Reasons to Dismiss Criminal Charges

A judge may dismiss a criminal case before trial.gavel image by Cora Reed from Fotolia.comThe basis of the judicial system does not consist merely of trials. Preliminary motions may be filed in criminal court to drop a case before it starts. The District Attorney may also decline to file.........[Read More]
What Is a Preliminary Divorce Hearing?

What Is a Preliminary Divorce Hearing?

Divorce proceedings can be emotionally difficult and drawn out. Sometimes, after a couple formally files for divorce, a hearing or trial before a judge is necessary. Typically, a preliminary divorce hearing is used to urge each side to make concessions and agree to a settlement before the court make......[Read More]
How to Settle a Small Estate in New York

How to Settle a Small Estate in New York

A small estate with a gross value of up to $30,000 can be settled without court intervention in New York. The state allows the collection of money by an administrator payable to the estate by the banks, insurers and other institutions without filing for probate. Priority is usually given to the spou......[Read More]