suspended sentence

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A sentence of imprisonment that does not take effect immediately. Under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, a court that passes a suspended sentence may order the offender to comply with one or more of a number of specified requirements, including an unpaid work requirement, an activity requirement, a programme requirement, a prohibited activity requirement, a curfew requirement, an exclusion requirement, a residence requirement, a mental health treatment requirement, a drug rehabilitation requirement, an alcohol treatment requirement, a supervision requirement, and (in the case of an offender aged under 25) an attendance centre requirement. If during the specified period the offender fails to comply with a requirement imposed by the court, or commits a further offence, the court may order that the original sentence is to take effect. See also community order.

Subjects: Law.

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