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NCJ Number: 140797 Find in a Library
Title: Community Penalties
Corporate Author: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
London, SW9 0PU
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper briefly describes available community-based sentences in Great Britain.
Abstract: British law provides for absolute and conditional discharges. If a court, having found an offender guilty of an offense, considers that no further action is necessary, an absolute discharge may be given. Under a conditional discharge, if an additional offense is committed within a specified period, the offender may be sentenced for the original offense. In a "binding over" the offender forfeits a sum of money if he/she violates conditions of good behavior during a specified period. The fine is the most widely used penalty; when imposing a fine, courts are required to take into account the offender's means. The court can also order an offender to pay compensation or restitution to address any personal injury, loss, or damage that has resulted from the offense. Confiscation orders provide that an offender who has benefited financially or materially from an offense may have such benefits confiscated or forfeited. An offender under 21 years old can be given an attendance center order. Activities at attendance centers usually include physical education, craftwork, and instruction in such topics as first aid, lifesaving, road safety, and auto mechanics. Other community-based sentences are probation, supervision, community-service orders, care orders, and deferment of sentence. 3 references
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Corrections in foreign countries; Sentencing/Sanctions
Note: A NACRO Briefing
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