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Residential restrictions — the new name for home detention.

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Home Detention is the scheme in New Zealand where you can spend all or part of a term of imprisonment at home.

You are subject to strict rules and you have to wear an anklet bracelet at all times linked to a security firm so that you can be monitored every minute of the day.

You will be subject to spot checks to see that you are not breaching other rules.

But you are allowed to serve your sentence at home, which is far better than being locked up in a prison.

Under the Criminal Justice Amendment Act 1993, offenders who were released on parole could be subject to Home Detention which was defined as detention in an approved private residence.

The Criminal Justice Amendment Act in 1999 extended a pilot scheme which had been operating in Auckland throughout the country.

It made Home Detention available as an option for people sentenced to prison from the very beginning of their present sentence where leave to apply had been granted by the Court.

The 1999 legislation was a very important part of the sentencing process in New Zealand. 

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I think that Home Detention is a bit of a sop. Either you go to prison or you do not! I think it is almost like getting off! Mike H - Wellington"

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