Community detention (CD) is a community-based sentence that requires the offender to comply with an electronically-monitored curfew imposed by the court. Offenders can be sentenced to CD for up to six months. Curfews can total up to 84 hours per week. The minimum curfew period is two hours.
If an offender is being considered for CD, community probation staff will check if the address is suitable and if the offender has the support of family or other occupants living there. A probation officer will visit you to talk about what it might be like having an offender on an electronically-monitored curfew at your home. No offender will be required to stay at your home subject to curfew without your informed consent.
If there is an offender curfewed to your address, you will need to:
It is an offence to refuse community probation staff access to the address to maintain or check the electronic monitoring equipment.
Community probation staff, including probation officers and senior community work supervisors, will:
Offenders on CD are required to wear an electronic anklet during their sentence. This will monitor their whereabouts during their curfew periods and any tampering or interference with the monitoring equipment. If the offender tries to remove the anklet or leaves the curfew address during a curfew, an alarm is triggered and this is reported to Corrections.
If the conditions of CD are not met a person can be fined up to $1500 or sent to prison for a maximum of six months. An offender on CD can receive formal warnings depending on the nature of non-compliance. Other community-based sentences could also be imposed.
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