Nobody wants to go to jail.
As we all know, even people who are convicted of crimes are not automatically sent to jail for months or years. Many times, people who, perhaps, have an otherwise clean record or whose crimes were not especially serious, can remain free so long as the meet certain criteria for a proscribed period of time. This is called probation.
Probationers charged with felonies in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties are managed by the State Department of Corrections (the DOC). Each county has separate DOC offices. Misdemeanor probationers are handled by their respective counties.