An absconder from probation is an offender who is making his whereabouts unknown to his supervising probation officer. Many absconders from probation are considered to be deliberately attempting to avoid supervision.
While some absconders from probation are criminals who are actively avoiding their probation officers' supervision, a large amount of absconders from probation are low-risk offenders who are absconding unintentionally. These absconders include individuals who have moved out of state, changed their addresses, married and changed their names, gone to the hospital or died. The legal action taken against the absconder from probation varies, but it frequently includes jail time.