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Structured Deferred Sentence (SDS)

Last updated: 27th June 2024


A structured deferred sentence is a flexible intervention providing structured social work support for individuals post-conviction but prior to sentencing. They can be used for people who have offended with underlying issues that might be addressed through social work and/or multi-agency intervention. At the end of the period of intervention, the court retains the discretion to pass sentence in any manner that would have been appropriate at the time of conviction, but with the benefit of information from the supervising officer in relation to the period of deferral.

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A Structured Deferred Sentence (SDS) aims to provide a structured intervention for individuals upon conviction and prior to final sentencing. In East Renfrewshire SDS is low to medium tariff, aimed at: • Young people aged 16-26 years • Woman involved in the Justice system • People who are motivated to engage with a short structured intervention.