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The judicial system offers a range of penalties and mandates as alternatives to full time custody. These options take into account the offender's circumstances, the nature of the offence, and community safety considerations. Here are some alternatives to custody:

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A Community Correction Order (CCO) is a sentencing option that focuses on community-based rehabilitation and supervision. It is considered an appropriate substitute for a prison term, particularly for offenders who pose a lower risk to the community. A CCO comes with standard requirements, including refraining from committing further offences. Additional conditions can be imposed based on the specific case. These may include:

  • Supervision by correctional authorities
  • Community service
  • Abstaining from alcohol and drugs
  • Restrictions on social interactions
  • Geographic limitations
  • Participation in programs and therapy

A Conditional Release Order (CRO) is a community-based sentencing option that aims to divert individuals with low-risk and less severe offences away from traditional incarceration. A CRO can be imposed with or without a formal conviction. Standard requirements include refraining from further offences, and additional conditions may be added, such as:

  • Supervision
  • Abstinence from alcohol and drugs
  • Limitations on social associations
  • Place-related restrictions
  • Participation in programs and treatment

Monetary penalties, such as fines or monetary orders, involve the payment of a specified amount of money. These penalties may cover court-related expenses, witness reimbursement, and compensation.

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