Community orders can be the most effective solution for many offenders, and provide a combination of punishment and rehabilitation. Offenders are able to reintegrate into their local community whilst they are serving their sentence.
The community order has a number of requirements which can be used in different combinations. This means the order can be specially tailored depending on:
Rehabilitation activity requirement - The offender undertakes appointments and activities designed to support their rehabilitation.
|Up to 60 activity days. Appointments not specified|
|Community Payback - The offender must work unpaid for the benefit of the community.||40 – 300 hours|
|Offending behaviour programmes - Nationally accredited programmes which are specially designed to address different types of offending.||Stated number (or range) of sessions|
|Drug rehabilitation - The offender must address their drug misuse, drug related lifestyle and offending.||6 – 36 months|
|Alcohol treatment - The offender must attend treatment to reduce or eliminate their dependency on alcohol.||6 - 36 months|
|Curfew - The offender must remain at an agreed place between specified hours. This is monitored electronically.||up to 6 months|
|Mental Health treatment - For this requirement the court must be satisfied the mental condition of the offender requires and may be susceptible to treatment.||up to 36 months|
|Residence - The offender is required to live at a specified address. This might be a probation hostel (Approved Premises), independent hostel or a private address.||up to 36 months|
|Exclusion - The offender is not allowed to enter certain areas. Where possible, this will be monitored electronically.||Up to 2 years|
|Prohibited activity - The offender must not participate in certain activities on or at specified times. This might include using a computer or taking part in sports activities.||Up to 36 months|