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Detention Order

Detention Order

Under a Detention Order (DO), an offender below 16 years of age can be required to:

  • Reside in a place of detention for a period not exceeding six months; and
  • Undergo a series of exercise drills and group work to equip him/her with relevant skills while in detention.

The Youth Court could impose a DO before a Probation Order. In such cases, the youth offender will serve the DO before serving the Probation Order.

If a youth offender is placed on probation initially but later shows poor progress, the Court can add on a DO. In this case, he/she will be sent to a Detention Centre and upon discharge from the Centre, continue with the remaining duration of his/her probation.

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