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Tonja Honsey, public representative on the Sentencing Guidelines Commission, addresses fellow member and Court of Appeals Judge Michelle Larkin during a hearing Thursday. The commission voted 8-3 to adopt a modified version of its five-year maximum probation policy for most offenders. But unlike the original proposal, what was adopted is not a hard cap. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)
Tonja Honsey, public representative on the Sentencing Guidelines Commission, addresses fellow member and Court of Appeals Judge Michelle Larkin during a hearing Thursday. The commission voted 8-3 to adopt a modified version of its five-year maximum probation policy for most offenders. But unlike the original proposal, what was adopted is not a hard cap. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)

Probation ‘guideline’ replaces 5-year ‘cap’

It’s no longer a “cap,” it’s a “guideline.” But a presumptive maximum probation term of five years will become Minnesota policy on Aug. 1, unless the Legislature steps in to stop it.

About Kevin Featherly

Kevin Featherly, who joined BridgeTower Media in mid-2016, is a journalist and former freelance writer who has covered politics, law, business, technology and popular culture for publications and websites in the Twin Cities and nationally since the mid-1990s.

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