An Intensive Correction Order (ICO) is a court sentence of two years or less which is served in the community under the strict supervision of Community Corrections. It is the most serious sentence that can be served in the community.
An ICO is only available to eligible offenders, as determined by the legislation. ICOs are not available for offenders convicted of murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, sexual offences against a child, offences involving the discharge of a firearm or terrorism offences.
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 mandatory supervision/case management component. Courts can also add conditions to an ICO such as home detention, electronic monitoring, curfews, community services work, alcohol and drug abstinence, place restrictions and non-association requirements.
If an offender fails to comply with the conditions of the ICO, legislation allows Community Corrections to deal with minor breaches of the ICO by taking the following action:
In the event of more serious breaches of the ICO, the Parole Authority is notified through reports prepared by Community Corrections. The report outlines the breach of the ICO, the offender's response to supervision and a recommendation as to the type of action Community Corrections believes is appropriate for the Parole Authority to take.
Again, legislation outlines the action the Parole Authority can take in response to non-compliance with the ICO.
The options available are: