Probation IS a form of Imprisonment
Five Chicago men who were found to have been framed for drug crimes by a disgraced and now imprisoned Chicago cop were recently denied certificates of innocence because they received probation instead of a prison sentence for the bogus crimes. This is due to some perceived ambiguity around the definition of "imprisonment" in the Illinois statute outlining eligibility for certificates of innocence.
As I noted in a letter to the editor published in this weekend's Chicago Tribune, I believe that probation is unquestionably a form of imprisonment, as it can completely inhibit the freedom to study, work, socialize, all of which are part of leading a fulfilling and uninhibited life.
These men deserve their certificates of innocence, so they can clear their names and move on with their lives.