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What is a community sentence?

When a person is found guilty of a criminal offence, the court can issue a community sentence. Community sentences combine punishment with activities designed to change an offenders' behaviour and to make amends - sometimes directly to the victim of the crime. Such sentences can include:

  • Compulsory (unpaid) work.
  • Participation in specified activities.
  • Programmes aimed at changing offending behaviour.
  • Prohibition from certain activities.
  • Curfew (may involve electronic tagging).
  • Exclusion from certain areas.
  • Residence at a particular place.
  • Mental health treatment.
  • Drug treatment and testing.
  • Alcohol treatment.
  • Supervision.
  • Attendance at a particular place.

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