Supervision and Intensive Supervision

Supervision is a community-based sentence that targets adult offenders convicted of less serious offences who have relatively straight-forward rehabilitation needs and a lower risk of reoffending. Offenders can be sentenced to supervision for 6 months to 1 year.

There is conflicting evidence on the effectiveness of supervision sentences. They are most effective when the intensity of supervision is matched to the offender, treatment is mandatory, and administered by trained probation officers.

  • There is a wide range of effect sizes, with an average of 20 adults needed to prevent 1 instance of reoffending.

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