Advantages and Disadvantages of Noncustodial Sentences Essay

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Noncustodial Sentences Non-Custodial Sentences

A non custodial order is a sentence given to an offender who has committed a less serious crime. The offender is given community orders rather than imprisonment. If the offender breaks any of the below orders then they will be re-sentenced and this is likely to result in them being given a heavier order or even a prison sentence.

The types of non custodial orders available are;

* Community rehabilitation order (previously called 'probation order' and unhelpfully changed to this inferior new name)

* Community punishment order (previously called 'community service
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If the offender fails to comply with the order they will be re-sentenced. This order also allows and helps the offender to find and keep jobs.

Curfew Order

This is a very demanding order, not only does it result in the offender losing their liberty but also requires a very high level of self-discipline to stick with the order. There is nothing physically to stop the offenders going places which are banned but they are monitored by the electronic tag worn around their ankle. This tag gives the order it’s longer name of “Curfew order with electronic monitoring” or the shortened and more popular name of “tagging” The way in which the electronic tag works is that it will send a constant signal to a control centre. If the offender disobeys the curfew then the control centre is immediately alerted.

The Curfew order lasts up to six months and the court will decide which hours the offender must remain in their home. The hours can be between two and twelve hours a day.


* Keeps track of the offender so if he/she was to break the order they would soon be traced.

* Helps prevent from re-offending.


* There is nothing physically to stop the offender from breaking the order.

* Can be an expensive order, costing more than £4000 to tag the offender.

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