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# 236278 26-May-2018 18:05
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What do sentences like home detention or community detention actually mean in practice? No rants please, I am just curious what these sentences actually consist of. I don't really understand what  they do.

 

 





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From a friend's experience, home detention means an ankle bracelet that flags any instance of him leaving the house. Specific trips/schedules (picking kids up from school, shopping, doctors' appointments, etc.) can be set at the discretion of  the party doing the monitoring.


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Community Service - you turn up on a certain day/days each week and you get transported to a location where you perform some sort of community service such as cleaning a beach, highway or assisting with the maintenance of a park/community project. You get fed lunch on site, cant take your cellphone or own food etc.

 

 

 

Home Detention - A judge may sentence you to home detention instead of a prison sentence of 2 years or less. You wear an ankle bracelet and must stay at home. Normally to get home detention you have to nominate the address of a family member such as parent or spouse and the environment needs to be a positive one... eg. you cant stay at a flat with other unsavory people. 

 

A parole officer will assign you time where you can go and do your supermarket shopping, or run errands. You are often also required to do community service at the same time so your parole officer will assign you days when you are able to leave the address to complete your community service hours. 

 

An ankle bracelet and landline is used to let corrections / your parole officer know when you have left the address.

 

 

 

Community Detention - A less severe home detention. You have a curfew and must be home by a certain time each night. You must still wear the ankle bracelet 24/7. 

 

A typical example is allowing you to have a job, or go about your normal life, but you must be home from the hours of 7pm to 7am. 

 

GPS anklets may be used which will log your location and a restriction may be placed on where you can go. For example if you are known to get into trouble when you are around another person, or to protect your victim, you may be restricted from entering a suburb or specific area of town. In other cases you are not allowed to leave an area. 





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  # 2023718 28-May-2018 08:51
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Home dentention doesn't sound like punishment, ait at home and watch TV or play games all day....


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  # 2023725 28-May-2018 09:19
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BTR:

 

Home dentention doesn't sound like punishment, ait at home and watch TV or play games all day....

 

 

That's very harsh. It can also include movies, having a few cold ones in the sun...... :-)


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  # 2023727 28-May-2018 09:21
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On a more serious note, its a penalty, you lose freedom. But hardly sounds like a punishment


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  # 2023743 28-May-2018 09:42
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tdgeek:

 

On a more serious note, its a penalty, you lose freedom. But hardly sounds like a punishment

 

 

Whether it's a punishment or not really depends on the crime committed.





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  # 2023744 28-May-2018 09:42
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Can someone draw a social welfare benefit when on home detention? On one hand it would be disturbing if someone was being paid to stay at home and do nothing as a punishment. On the other hand, how would one be able to support oneself while on home detention?

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2023834 28-May-2018 10:57
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Community service is an interesting one.  I know some who got a whole lot of fines etc commuted to community service.  I worked it out as an hourly rate a tradesman would be pretty happy with.





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  # 2023842 28-May-2018 11:03
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Community service is an interesting one.  I know some who got a whole lot of fines etc commuted to community service.  I worked it out as an hourly rate a tradesman would be pretty happy with.

 

 

Remember back in the day if you couldn't or wouldn't pay your fines you could spend a few days in the pokey and get them written off. Nowdays you see young boy racers run up tens of thousands of dollars in fines, cry poor and get them wiped in return for community service as you pointed out, at a rate tradies (or IT contractors) would be happy with.

 

Not sure there's so much disincentive these days to be law abiding, particularly if one has fallen onto the wrong side of society already.

 

 


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Home detention is a cost effective sentence available to a Judge in certain circumstances for offenders that are deemed low risk. It makes  sense given the cost of custodial sentences. 

 

 





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  # 2023850 28-May-2018 11:13
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The issue with HomeD arises when the crime was able to be performed at various locations. Including easily moving jobs home after sentencing.

 

Real world Example. Odd job in the garage with the door closed after being found to be doing said jobs in a commercial rented garage elsewhere and sent home for being bad.. 


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Community Service - you turn up on a certain day/days each week and you get transported to a location where you perform some sort of community service such as cleaning a beach, highway or assisting with the maintenance of a park/community project. You get fed lunch on site, cant take your cellphone or own food etc.

 

 

That's Periodic Detention.  Community Service is usually less structured and up to the individual to organise and police themselves, while being monitored by their Probation Officer at regular intervals to make sure it's getting done.  


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  # 2024100 28-May-2018 18:32
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I imagine it means what it says. However, I've never met a criminal (as far as I know), so I can't say for sure.





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  # 2024138 28-May-2018 19:15
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On a more serious note, its a penalty, you lose freedom. But hardly sounds like a punishment

 

 

Whilst not exactly the same thing, in my youth I lost my license for speeding. I can tell you that not having the freedom to just drive down the street to get a burger, or other such things was exceptionally unpleasant. I was still working and caught taxis too and from, but all my non work time was spent at home. I did NOT enjoy that month at all. Having your freedom restricted even in that manner which was far less restrictive was way worse punishment than the big fine and lawyers fees etc by far. 

 

 


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