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In the case of a serious offence, it is usually open to the court to send the offender to prison. The Sentencing Act 2017 (SA) identifies that imprisonment should only be imposed upon an offender:

  • where the seriousness of the offence warrants or justifies the penalty; or
  • imprisonment is required to protect the safety of the community.

See Sentencing Act 2017 (SA) s 10.

For more information on the sentencing process and terms of imprisonment, see The Sentencing Process: Imprisonment.

Imprisonment  :  Last Revised: Mon Aug 6th 2018
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