Home detention is an alternative to full-time imprisonment where an offender is confined to an approved residence for specified periods of time for the duration of the sentence of imprisonment. Offenders who are subject to home detention orders are strictly supervised by Community Corrections and are subject to electronic monitoring. Prior to sentencing an offender to home detention, the court must first find that no penalty other than imprisonment is an appropriate penalty for the offence in question.
Home detention orders are limited to a maximum period of 18 months and an offender may not be subject to two or more home detention orders, to be served concurrently or cumulatively, where the date at which the new sentence will end is more than 18 months after the date on which it was imposed. Parole periods can be provided as part of a home detention order. There are very specific criteria about who is eligible for home detention, dependent on both the nature of the offence and their criminal history.