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Although most people referred to periodic detention as weekend detention, when periodic detention was available as a sentencing option detention could occur mid week. The two-day period commenced at 7.00 pm on the day of the week specified (usually a Friday) and ended at 4.30 pm on the second day following the day so specified (usually a Sunday).
Before a court imposed a sentence of periodic detention it must have satisfied itself that no other penalty other than imprisonment was appropriate. If the court did impose a sentence of periodic detention it would have likely set a period in which the individual may be released on parole.
A periodic detention order must not have been made for longer than 3 years. If the court imposed 2 sentences of periodic detention then the combined period could not have exceed 3 years.
An order for periodic detention may not be made where:
A periodic detention order may not be made with respect to an offender’s sentence of imprisonment unless the court is satisfied:
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