A Conditional Sentence is a term of imprisonment served within the community under various conditions; some of which are house arrest and curfew. Probation Officers are designated by the Criminal Code, as Conditional Sentence Supervisors for the purposes of discharging their duties. Conditional Sentence supervision is provided in Community Corrections field offices throughout Nova Scotia.
An individual serving a conditional sentence is required to report to a Conditional Sentence Supervisor, on a regular basis. This reporting consists of attendance at a Community Corrections field office or the Supervisor visiting the individual’s workplace or home.
Offenders bound by a Conditional Sentence Order are subject to random monitoring to determine compliance. Supervision is completed through community visits by Probation Officers along with random telephone calls to ensure compliance with house arrest and curfew conditions. Technology such as Global Positioning satellite (GPS) bracelets, allows Correctional Services to provide enhanced supervision of individuals, in some cases. (For more information on Electronic Supervision click here.)
Partnerships with Justice stakeholders strengthen Correctional Services’ ability to provide Conditional Sentence Supervision. The Provincial Conditional Sentence Protocol establishes the framework for these partnerships. The police are viewed as a key component to providing effective service delivery to the Province of Nova Scotia. Police agencies throughout the province are actively involved in assisting with the supervision of Conditional Sentences.