attendance centre

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A nonresidential institution that offenders under the age 25 may be ordered to attend if they have not previously been sentenced to prison or detention in a young offender institution. Attendance, which is outside normal school or working hours, is for periods of up to 3 hours on a single day, to a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 36 hours. An attendance centre requirement may be imposed on an offender aged 16 or over as part of a community order or as part of a suspended sentence order, generally when it is felt that a custodial sentence is not required but a fine or other order would be too lenient. In the case of an offender aged 16 or under an attendance centre order may be imposed in the form of a youth community order.

Subjects: Law.

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