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Structured Deferred Sentence


Local Authority area:

East Dunbartonshire

Primary Courts of relevance:

Glasgow, Paisley, Dunbarton, Airdrie Sheriff Courts

All information provided by:

East Dunbartonshire Community Justice Partnership

East Dunbartonshire Community Justice Information

Published: 30 November 2021

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Structured Deferred Sentence

Interventions suitable for

Men and women (18+) appearing in court

Programme title and provider

Structured Deferred Sentence

Details of all Specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available

Structured Deferred Sentences aim to provide a structured intervention for individuals upon conviction and prior to final sentencing.
In East Dunbartonshire Structured Deferred Sentences are low tariff, aimed at:

  • Adults aged 18+ with lower-level substance use, experiencing poor mental health, and with a limited offending history who may pose a low/medium risk of re-offending and have a less entrenched pattern of offending.
  • Are at a lower risk of custody
  • Are not currently subject to a statutory order, and
  • Are motivated to engage with a short, structured intervention

Possible Outcomes

Prevent individuals being further drawn into the justice system.
Meeting assessed criminogenic and non-criminogenic needs and building an individual’s motivation and capacity for positive change; reducing the frequency or seriousness of offending behaviour; and avoiding premature or unnecessarily intensive periods of supervision in the community.

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

Assessment of suitability will take place at Criminal Justice Social Work Report writing. If deemed suitable further assessment and action planning will be via Justice Outcome Star.