Overview of Intensive Correction Orders

An Intensive Correction Order (ICO) is an alternative to a full-time prison sentence.

It is a court sentence of not more than two years which is served in the community under the strict supervision of Community Corrections officers.

It is the most serious sentence that can be served in the community. 

An ICO is only available to eligible offenders, as determined by the legislation set out in s. 67 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act (C(SP) Act).

They are not available for offenders convicted of murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, sexual offences against a child, offences involving the discharge of a firearm or terrorism offences. 

An ICO is for a fixed term and does not have a non-parole period.

The Court can sentence an offender to an ICO once a suitability assessment has been completed by Community Corrections. 

Supervision by Community Corrections is mandatory (required by law) for all offenders on an ICO.

Along with standard conditions, the Courts can also impose additional conditions to an ICO - such as home detention, electronic monitoring, curfews, community service work, alcohol and drug abstinence, place restrictions and non-association requirements. 

Last updated:

13 Jul 2022

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