Probation vs Suspended Sentence
Correctional Administration: Probation is purely a correctional administration. It is a rule of law. Suspended Sentence is not exactly a correctional administration but also includes political and social aspects.
Age of offenders: Probation is given for youthful offenders (offenders below 21 years of age). Suspended Sentence is given irrespective of age.
Imprisonment: If Probated, the person is not imprisoned except in special circumstances. Suspended sentence can be cancelled at any time.
Supervision: Supervision is mandatory in Probation while it is not required in Suspended sentence.
Granting authority: Courts are empowered to grant probation. There is little or no influence by Government. Suspended sentence is in the hands of the Government.
Preference: A suspended sentence is more preferred than probation because in this, there is less stigma attached to the offender.
- Probation of Offenders Act, 1958
- Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
- Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
- Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996