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3 Measures for probationers/parolees(1) Good-conduct measures
Good-conduct measures are utilized when a probationer/parolee is maintaining a sound life attitude and is therefore deemed capable of being a good independent member of society and of reforming/rehabilitating themselves. The two types of good-conduct measures are termination of indeterminate sentence for indeterminate sentence parolees who have served their minimum term and provisional discharge from probation for probationers.
In 2008, 418 probationers were granted provisional discharge from probation but no parolee was granted termination of indeterminate sentence (Source: Annual Report of Statistics on Rehabilitation).
(2) Bad-conduct measures
Bad-conduct measures are utilized when a probationer/parolee has violated the conditions for probation/parole supervision or committed offenses during the period of supervision. The two types of bad-conduct measures are revocation of parole where parolees are returned to penal institutions and revocation of suspension of execution of the sentence for probationers.
When parolees/probationers have failed to reside in a fixed abode obliged by a general condition for probation/parole supervision or there are sufficient reasons to suspect that they have violated the conditions for probation/parole supervision without good reason, and they have failed or will probably fail to respond to an order to appear issued by the director of their probation office, they are then arrested with a warrant of arrest issued by a judge. Following the decision to commence examination on a bad-conduct measure they are then detained at an appointed institution for a fixed period of time. In 2008, 338 probationers and parolees, including juvenile probationers/parolees, were arrested and 313 of them were detained in this manner (Source: Annual Report of Statistics on Rehabilitation).
In addition, parolees whose whereabouts have become unknown are subject to suspension of parole supervision and their imprisonment term then interrupted. This measure was taken against 273 parolees in 2008 (Source: Annual Report of Statistics on Rehabilitation). In order to rapidly find probationers/parolees whose whereabouts have become unknown, a system has been implemented since May 2006 in which the directors of the relevant probation office can receive information on such individuals’ whereabouts from the police (See (2) of Subsection 4, Section 1, Chapter 4, Part 7).