When someone is held in custody while they wait for their trial or sentencing it’s called being on remand. A remand prisoner could be held in police cells, court cells, psychiatric facilities or in prison.
About 20 percent of the people in prison are there on remand. Nearly 90 percent of people on remand have been previously managed by Corrections.
People on remand are kept separate from sentenced prisoners, in units or wings only for remand prisoners.
Any time spent on remand is taken off a person’s total sentence time.
Remand prisoners are assessed and may be given plans that identify areas they could benefit from during their time in prison, and could include learning skills such as parenting, managing money and basic living skills. Remand prisoners also receive help with addiction and finding employment.
Remand prisoners are also helped with their return to their community – such as help finding accommodation and community support.
Appearing at court
Some remand prisoners may be able to use an audio visual link to appear in court from prison so they don’t need to leave prison.