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NCJ Number: 94157 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Community Service Orders - Offenders, Offences and Sentence (From Community Service Orders in New Zealand - Three Research Papers, P 1-26, 1984 - See NCJ-94156)
Author(s): J Leibrich
Corporate Author: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Planning and Development Div
New Zealand
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New Zealand Dept of Justice
Wellington, New Zealand
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: New Zealand
Annotation: Community service orders in New Zealand average 89 hours in length and are given most often for property or traffic offenses.
Abstract: The community service sentence was introduced in February 1981 and may include from 8 to 200 hours of service. Almost one-third of the people sentenced to community service during the study period were women, although women make up only one-seventh of all offenders. More Maoris were sentenced to community service than would be expected. People given this sentence were mainly young. Most had pleaded guilty at the court appearance in which they received community service. Just over half the group received an additional sentence of probation, suspension of driver's license, or fine. About a quarter of the offenders received probation, generally for a year or less. Additional probation sentences were not associated with more serious offenses. Over a quarter of the offenders also had their driver's licenses suspended, with the average suspension lasting 1 year. Very few people were fined. The average fine was $300. Data tables and figures are included.
Index Term(s): Community service order; New Zealand
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