shock probation

Probation that is granted after a brief stay in jail or prison.

• Shock probation is intended to awaken the defendant to the reality of confinement for failure to abide by the conditions of probation. This type of probation is discretionary with the sentencing judge and is usu. granted within 180 days of the original sentence.

— Also termed split sentence. Cf. shock incarceration under INCARCERATION. [Cases: Sentencing and Punishment 1936.]