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Words and meanings

Bail
When police release someone who’s charged with a crime on the condition that they go to court.

Court victim advisor
A Ministry of Justice staff member who can explain the court process and keep victims informed on the progress of their case.

Defendant
The person accused of the crime.

Extended supervision order
Extended supervision orders are issued by a court and allow the Parole Board to set special conditions - like GPS monitoring - for serious offenders, sexual offenders and high risk violent offenders once they are released into the community. Extended supervision orders can continue indefinitely.

Home detention
Home detention is when an offender serves his or her prison sentence, or part of the sentence, at an approved residence.  Offenders on home detention wear an electronic device so their movements can be monitored.

Homicide
When a person is killed by another person.

Offender
The person convicted of the crime. Before being found guilty, the person charged with the offence is called the ‘defendant’.

Parole
When an offender is allowed out of prison to finish their sentence in the community. They must follow certain conditions.

Preventive detention
Preventive detention is an indeterminate prison sentence. Prisoners may be released on parole but remain managed by Corrections for the rest of their life and can be recalled to prison at any time.

Public protection orders
Public protection orders allow authorities to recall a person to prison once their sentence is finished if they are at very high risk of reoffending.

Individuals subject to a public protection order are required to live in a secure property on prison grounds separate from the main buildings.

Restorative justice
Restorative justice lets victims tell an offender how they have been affected, have a say in how the harm can be repaired, and begin to resolve some of the effects of the crime. A meeting is called a restorative justice conference.

Serious crime

Victim Notification Register
A confidential list used by criminal justice agencies to keep victims informed about the offender, such as where the case is in the court process, if there is a temporary release from prison and when the offender is up for parole.

Register your details with the police officer in charge of the case.

Victim impact statement
A record of how the crime has affected a victim. A victim impact statement is usually in writing, but can include photographs, drawings or poems. A judge must consider it when sentencing an offender. If the judge allows, the victim can read the statement to the court just before sentencing.

Victims' orders against violent offenders (non-contact order)
A non-contact order stops an offender that was sent to prison for more than 2 years from contacting you in any way. The judge can impose special conditions, depending on each case. Orders may stop an offender from living or working in particular areas, or visiting those areas.

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