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What happens if the offender doesn’t comply?

Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (Northumbria CRC) has strict standards for enforcing the sentence imposed by the court.

If an offender does not comply with the requirements of the sentence, action is swiftly taken by a Northumbria CRC officer.

Breach of a community order or suspended sentence order

A breach does not necessarily mean another offence has been committed. It can also happen if the offender fails to comply with the requirements of their order, for example:

  • failure to attend an appointment without providing an acceptable reason
  • failure to comply with the instructions of the responsible officer

The offender can be issued with a formal warning letter, or returned to court:

  • community order – the court may impose extended or additional requirements, or a custodial sentence.
  • suspended sentence order - the custodial element of the sentence may be invoked. Alternatively, the court may impose extended or additional requirements.

Breach of a licence or community supervision following release from prison

Following their release from prison, offenders are supervised in the community for at least 12 months.

This begins with a period on licence. If the licence is less than 12 months, the supervision will continue without the licence until a total period of 12 months supervision in the community has been reached.

A breach does not necessarily mean another offence has been committed. It includes:

  • breaking the conditions of the licence
  • behaviour which gives the supervising officer sufficient cause for concern
  • the offender is charged with a new offence

If a breach occurs, action is swiftly taken:

  • licence period – the offender can be recalled to prison within two days. In emergency situations recall can happen within two hours. 
  • community supervision only period – the offender can be issued with a formal warning letter, or returned to magistrates courts. A fine, community payback, a curfew or up to 14 days additional custody can be imposed.


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