Law grants first-time offenders alternative to incarceration

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AMMAN — First-time offenders can now seek alternatives to their prison sentences under an amended version of the Penal Code that came into effect as of June 24, 2022, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

First-time offenders who received prison sentences of less than a year can submit requests to the courts for alternatives to incarceration under amendments to the Penal Code; the court has the discretion to approve or deny the request.

The law offers “community service, community and electronic surveillance, and movement restrictions,” as alternatives.

The law defines community service as a task which requires consenting convicts to perform unpaid community service for between 40­–100 hours, to be completed within a year.

The amendment also requires offenders to participate in a court-ordered rehabilitation program designed to evaluate and improve their behavior, placing them under electronic supervision for a minimum of one month and a maximum of one year. It also prohibits them from entering specific locations for a minimum of one month and a maximum of one year.

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