long-term detention

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The detention of an offender aged from 10 to 17 inclusive who is convicted on indictment of an offence punishable in the case of a person aged 18 or over with imprisonment for fourteen years or more, certain offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and certain offences under the Firearms Act 1968 (s 91, Powers of Criminal Courts Sentencing Act 2000). Before imposing such an order, the court must be satisfied that none of the other methods of dealing with the juvenile (including a detention and training order) is appropriate. Usually, the term of the sentence will be for more than two years and may be anything up to the maximum sentence for the offence. See also detention in a young offender institution; juvenile offender.

Subjects: Law.

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