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 White paper on crime 2004 Part2/Chapter5/Section4/1. 

Section4 Assistance during Supervision,Urgent Aftercare of Discharged Offenders,and Halfway Houses

1. Assistance during supervision,and urgent aftercare of discharged offenders

  When the rehabilitation of a probationer or parolee could be hindered by illness,injury,lack of a proper abode or occupation,or other reasons,a probation officer or volunteer probation officer gives advice and guidance so that he/she is able to receive the necessary support from public welfare facilities etc.If such support cannot be obtained immediately or the support provided by such facilities is deemed to be inadequate,a probation office provides specific support.This is referred to as assistance during supervision.
  Table 2-5-4-1 shows the number of probationers and parolees who received assistance in2003.

Table 2-5-4-1 Number of probationers/parolees receiving assistance during supervision(2003)

  Urgent aftercare of discharged offenders is a measure adopted for inmates released from prisons on completion of their sentences,offenders given suspended sentence,suspects granted suspension of prosecution,offenders sentenced to fines or minor fines,offenders who are released or provisionally released from workhouses,and juveniles who are discharged from juvenile training school,who have been freed from physical constraint under criminal procedures or protective measures,if(1)they are unable to receive support from their relatives or people who have relationships with them or aid from public welfare facilities and other institutions,or(2)it seems impossible for them to rehabilitate themselves only with such support or aid.It is provided,upon the application from the person in question,directly by a director of probation office or through entrustment to a halfway house,for a period not exceeding six months after the date of discharge from the physical constraint.Its contents are the same as those of assistance during supervision.The measure can be further taken only where it is deemed to be particularly necessary for the rehabilitation of the offender and only for a period not exceeding six more months.
Table 2-5-4-2 shows the number of persons who received urgent aftercare in2003.

Table 2-5-4-2 Number of persons receiving urgent aftercare of discharged offenders(2003)