The Probation of Offenders Act, 1958
Young offenders are sent to prison on it being proved that their offence is punishable under provisions of the Indian Penal Code. Such young offenders are given an opportunity to improve their conduct by allowing them to live with their family so as to prevent them from becoming more offensive by sentencing them with imprisonment.

Chief Probation Officers and Probation Officers are appointed in the office of the District Social Welfare Officer to function under this Act.

Before the Court passes a final order, a report is sought from the Probation Officer who conducts an inquiry, in accordance with any directions of the Court, into the circumstances of offence committed, family condition, social and economic circumstance and home surroundings of any person accused of an offence and a psychological report on near and dear ones of the person accused.

After conducting an inquiry at the home of the accused, the Probation Officer submits a detailed report to the Court. The Probation Officer recommends to the concerned Court, if he considers it appropriate, to release the accused on bail, to discharge him after admonition or to hand over custody of accused with bail under supervision of the Probation Officer for a maximum period of upto 3 years.

The Probation Officer personally visits young offenders once a month and makes efforts to ensure that they can lead life in society with self-respect.