Community sentences

Last updated: 18 September 2017

If you're given a community sentence it means you'll carry out your sentence in the community instead of going to prison.

Community sentences can also be known as 'community service' or 'community orders'.

The court can order you to:

  • do unpaid work
  • not go outside your home between certain hours of the day or night
  • get treatment if your offence was linked to drink or drugs

If you don't complete a community sentence you might get into further trouble with a court. This includes being sent to prison, or having your community sentence increased.

Types of community sentence

Find out more about these types of community sentences: