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Probation: New Cases

Probation: New Cases

Probation is a community-based sentencing option that the Courts can order for suitable offenders. These offenders may otherwise be institutionalised in a youth rehabilitation centre or imprisoned. The goal of probation is to rehabilitate offenders in the community while making them accountable for their actions. It also instils in offenders a sense of social responsibility, to help them lead crime-free lives and contribute positively to society.

On probation, they will be supervised by a Probation Officer for a period between 6 months to 3 years. They have to abide by stipulated conditions which could include curfews, electronic tagging, community service and attending programmes targeted at their offending behaviour and equip them with lifeskills.

 

Number of Probation Orders Made by the Courts, by Year and Gender

Gender  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Male 935 742 693 711 533 459 382 364 477 393
Female 169 189 142 121 104 70 69 61 61 35
Total 1,104 931 835 832 637 529 451 425 538 428

  

Probation by gender.PNG 

Number of Probation Orders Made by the Courts, by Year and Age at the Start of Probation

 

Age 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018  2019  2020
< 13 years 9 7 5 8 5 3 3 1 4 1
13 to < 16 years 254 184 191 179 128 84 76 73 84 52
16 to < 19 years 445 411 344 373 290 226 186 184 226 160
19 to < 22 years 268 204 228 201 147 176 159 143 168 181
> 22 years 128 125 67 71 67 40 27 24 56 34
Total 1,104 931 835 832 637 529 451 425 538 428

 

Probation by age.PNG 

Number of Probation Orders Made by the Courts, by Year and Length of Order

 

Length of Probation Order 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
6 to 12 months 177 176 106 69 30 22 15 17 20 43
13 to 15 months 243 212 210 201 129 95 72 76 91 63
16 to 18 months 284 243 211 258 175 141 130 97 157 123
19 to 21 month 116 109 114 115 103 92 75 87 104 98
22 to 24 months  170  156  132  145  151  123  119  114  143  83
25 to 36 months  114  35  62  44  49  56  40  34  23  18
Total 1,104 931 835 832 637 529 451 425 538 428

 

Probation by length of order.PNG 

New Probation Orders, by Year and Grade of Probation Order

Grade of Probation 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Administrative / Split (Supervised-Administrative) 17 2 1 3 1 4 1 3 2 4
Supervised 514 453 330 311 169 144 94 119 143 140
Intensive / Split (Intensive-Supervised) 573 476 504 518 467 381 356 303 393 284
Total 1,104 931 835 832 637 529 451 425 538 428

   

Probation by grade of order.PNG
Download: Probation-New-Cases.xlsx

Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development

Data accurate as at June 2021

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