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Supervised Release Review Board

Consequences of Breaching a Supervised Release Order

When a young offender fails to comply with the conditions of the Supervised Release Order (SRO) or directions of the Supervising Officer (YJO), this is considered a breach. Youth Justice Services (YJS) manage the breaches by issuing warning letters, and should there be no improvement in compliance by the young offender, YJS will issue a warrant of suspension of the SRO or refer the matter to the Board for their consideration. 

An example of a breach by non-compliance of the SRO could be:

  • testing positive to illegal drugs; or
  • being uncontactable and not present at the home address for curfew checks.

When the Board is advised of a breach, it has a number of options:

  • Note the breach and allow the SRO to continue.
  • Adjourn, and postpone the decision to another date.
  • Suspend the Order (in the case the Order has not already been suspended by YJS) – this means being arrested and going back to detention or prison (if 18) until such time as the Board reconsiders the matter.
  • Cancel the Order – this means being arrested and going back to detention or prison (if 18) until the end of the sentence or until the young offender re-applies for consideration of a new SRO.

The Board can also request a progress report from YJS at any time with regard to a young offender’s compliance with the SRO whilst in the community.

If a young offender breaches their SRO by re-offending and the Court imposes a custodial sentence, the Order is automatically cancelled under Section 145(2) of the Young Offenders Act 1994.

Last updated: 15-Nov-2018

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