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20.27.2 Status of Periodic Detention as 'imprisonment' for S23(2)

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Periodic detention programs involve incarceration of the offender for only several days in each week, usually Friday evening to Sunday evening. At other times the offender lives at home and attends work, without supervision but possibly with some Court-imposed conditions.

As a matter of policy, periodic detention will not be regarded as 'imprisonment' for the purposes of S23(2). Although the section could be seen as authorising a partial reduction in compensation each week (equating to the 'period' of imprisonment), this is not desirable as the client continues to face almost the full financial costs of living (e.g. rent, support of dependants, bills, loan repayments, etc.).