An Intensive Correction Order (ICO) is a court sentence of two years or less which is served by way of intensive correction in the community under the strict supervision of Community Corrections rather than in full-time custody in a correctional centre. An ICO is for a fixed period and does not have a non-parole period. The Court can sentence an offender to an ICO once an assessment for suitability has been undertaken by Community Corrections.
ICOs consist of a supervision/case management component and a compulsory community work component. The offender has to report to Community Corrections, perform 32 hours of community service a month, attend rehabilitative programs where required and are also subject to drug and alcohol testing. There is also provision for the offender to be electronically monitored.
If an offender fails to comply with the conditions of the ICO, Community Corrections prepares a breach report outlining the response to the ICO and a recommendation as to the type of action Community Corrections believe is appropriate for the Parole Authority to take.
Breaches may include failing to report for the compulsory work component or appointments, continued drug use, or committing further offences.
The Authority can make a limited number of decisions in response to a breach of ICO. Some of these are legislated and some are utilised by the Authority in order to provide some “middle ground” between no action and returning an offender to custody.
The options available to the Authority are: