Probation is a form of community-based
correction; once the probationers are released from jail,
they face paradoxical challenges to their personal and
social life. This study investigated the paradoxical facets
of being a probationer during their probation period.
Through purposive sampling, the study identified 17
probationers from Ozamiz City who participated in an
in-depth interview and focus group discussion using
researcher-made guide questions. The responses were
transcribed and analyzed using Colaizzi's descriptive
phenomenology. Four central themes emerged from joy
and another three from sorrow, a namely new lease on
life and freedom, friendship and camaraderie with coprobationers, love, and support of family, acceptance
and understanding of community and co-workers.
While for the sorrow, the themes of the stigma of being
a probationer, traumatization of children/family,
insecurity and anxiety. The findings asserted that the
attachment to their families and other support system is
most important in facing hard challenges. With this, the
researcher encouraged the probationers through the
supervision of the probation officers to strengthen the
family ties and other support systems, which will
contribute to the overall process of probationers'
rehabilitation and reformation.
Keywords : Community-Based Correction, Phenomenology, Probation, Probationer, Support System.