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Community Orders

Most people found guilty of a crime are given a community-based sentence or put on probation, rather than being sent to prison.

Being on a community order gives an offender the chance to stop their criminal behaviour and gain access to programs and interventions which will help with their education, employment and personal development.

The benefits of people serving their sentences in the community include:

  • staying in the same job, which decreases the chance of re-offending
  • staying in the same house
  • reducing disruption to family life, including the lives of children
  • reducing the negative influence of other offenders, which can happen in prison
  • decreasing the cost to taxpayers - it costs much less per day to manage someone in the community than in prison.

Types of community orders

If a person is found guilty of a crime, there are a range of non-custodial options available.

These include:

  • Pre-sentence Order
  • Community-based Orders
  • Intensive Supervision Order
  • Conditional Suspended Imprisonment Order

Requirements of community orders

Community orders are typically made up of three parts.

These include:

  • Supervision - the offender must meet regularly with their community corrections officer. This makes sure the person is staying away from criminal behaviour and is completing other parts of their sentence.
  • Program/Intervention - the offender may complete a program or intervention to deal with their criminal behaviour. Programs can include treatment for substance abuse, behavioural issues such as anger and violence, or provide education and training opportunities to increase an offender's chance of getting a job.
  • Community work - the offender may be required to do unpaid work for a set number of hours that benefits the community. This gives the offender a chance to repay the community for their crimes and may also increase their chances of getting a job. The Community work program in Western Australia is referred to as Repay WA.

Page last updated: 31-Jul-2019