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Home detention is an alternative to full-time imprisonment

Where a total sentence (that is, the non-parole period and additional term) of 18 months or less is imposed, the offender might apply to serve the sentence by way of home detention.

Sentences for certain offences involving violence, such as murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, sexual assault,armed robbery, firearms offences, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, stalking or certain serious drug offences cannot be served this way.

A sentence of home detention cannot be imposed if the offender:

  • has a record for any of the above offences; or
  • has been convicted of a domestic violence offence in the past five years; or
  • has had an Apprehended Violence Order made against them in the past five years, where the victim of that order lives at the proposed home detention address.

Home detention is regarded as a lesser sentence than full-time imprisonment. Conditions can be imposed,which permit the offender to leave home for certain approved periods, for example, for the purpose of employment or receiving medical treatment. Compliance with the order is supervised by way of electronic monitoring and random visits by a Probation and Parole Officer.

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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