Student or Learner
I would like to know what "probation" means. As in:
"The priest had continued to exploit children, and when caught he was sentenced to fifty years in prison. Finn, the first U.S. bishop convicted, was sentenced to two years’ probation. He remains the Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph today."
Does this mean that the priest was conditionally released and sent his two years at home?
Someone on probation escapes being imprisoned for his crime, but is subject to conditions and monitoring by a probation officer. If a person on probation completes the period successfully, his involvement with the criminal justice system is over.
On the other hand, if he violates the conditions of the probation, or is involved in additional criminal activity while on probation, he would then be liable for punishment/imprisonment for the original offense.