Convicted offenders - sentences

Prison sentences, orders and unpaid work

The court can sentence you to a period in prison or

  • community payback order
  • drug treatment and testing order
  • mandatory supervised attendance order.

Community payback order

This order can last between six months and three years.

The court can impose one or more of the following requirements

  • supervision
  • unpaid work
  • compensation
  • programme
  • residential
  • mental health
  • drug treatment
  • alcohol treatment
  • conduct.

If you are aged 16 or 17 years, your order will be supervised by the Youth Offending Service.

Drug treatment and testing order

This is for adults whose offending is related to drugs. There are two types of orders.

  • Normal Drug Treatment and Testing Orders. These can be used instead of prison for people charged with serious or high levels of offending
  • Drug Treatment and Testing Orders II. These are for people who are starting to offend because of their drug use.

Mandatory supervised attendance order

If you have not paid your fine, the court can put you on a supervised attendance order. This is between 10 and 100 hours.

This means you can do

  • unpaid work for the benefit of the community
  • take up a learning opportunity.

Community payback, unpaid work and other activity

Unpaid work takes place in local communities. It is for the benefit of the community. The court can tell you to do between 20 and 300 hours unpaid work.

Projects include

  • removals
  • repairing and reinstating headstones in local cemeteries
  • developing and maintaining children’s play areas
  • snow clearing
  • recycling projects including books, bicycles and furniture.

You may wish to suggest unpaid work that you would like us to do in your local community using the form below.

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