discharge | Definition

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

In the criminal justice context, discharge refers to releasing an individual from custody, detention, or supervision.

Discharge can occur at various stages of the criminal justice process, including after arrest, after conviction, or after serving a sentence. Discharge may be granted by a court, parole board, or other decision-making body. It is typically based on the individual’s compliance with the terms and conditions of their release and their demonstrated readiness to reintegrate into the community. Discharge may be subject to certain restrictions or conditions, such as the requirement to complete community service or participate in rehabilitation or treatment programs. Discharge may also be revoked if an individual fails to comply with the terms of their release or if they engage in further criminal activity.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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