Understanding Probation, Parole and Fines

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Community-based orders explained:

Typically, offenders on court orders are not hardened criminals.

They tend to be younger than offenders who have been sentenced to prison terms, and usually have committed less serious offences.

They will usually have been placed under supervision because the courts consider them at risk of more serious offending if nothing is done to stop their behaviour.

Probation : May be used instead of, or combined with, a prison sentence.

The offender must report to an authorised officer, must not commit another offence and must take part in counselling and programs as directed.

Community service: Offenders are required to complete a set number of unpaid community service hours (up to 240) at a non-profitable organisation.

They include environmental groups, schools, ambulance services, charities, meals-on-wheels, sporting clubs, local councils and many other organisations.

Voluntary supervisors oversee the offenders working on the projects. Offenders working one or two days a week provide nearly one million hours of labour each year as reparation to Queensland communities.

For many, it is their first experience of voluntary work, and some offenders continue this volunteer work following the completion of their orders.

Intensive correction order : Also known as prison sentences served in the community.

Offenders are subject to intensive supervision and must report twice a week to their supervisor. Offenders must also attend rehabilitation programs or counselling, and perform community service.

Offenders who fail to comply are returned to court for breach action.

Court-ordered parol e: This is a parole date set by the courts at the time of sentencing for jail terms of three years or less for non-serious or sexual crimes.

This ensures all offenders serve their entire sentence either in custody or on parole.

Prisoners who are released to court-ordered parole are subjected to urine tests, counselling, courses, no interstate travel and remaining crime-free. If offenders do not comply with the conditions of their orders then they are breached and taken back before the courts to face the consequences, but most offenders are immediately returned to custody. …