confinement | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

In the criminal justice context, confinement refers to the act of restricting a person’s freedom of movement or liberty.

Confinement can take many forms, including detention in a jail or prison, house arrest, or electronic monitoring.

Confinement is often used as a punishment for criminal offenses, particularly for more serious crimes. It is also used to protect the public from dangerous individuals or prevent a person from fleeing or tampering with evidence.

In some cases, confinement may be imposed as a condition of probation or parole, in which an offender is released from prison or jail but is required to adhere to certain restrictions on their freedom of movement. These restrictions may include a requirement to remain within a certain geographical area, to report regularly to a probation or parole officer, or to refrain from certain activities or associations.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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