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 White paper on crime 2006 Part 2/Chapter 5/Section 3/1 

Section 3  Assistance during Supervision and Urgent Aftercare of Discharged Offenders

1 Assistance during supervision and urgent aftercare of discharged offenders

  When the rehabilitation of a probationer or a parolee could be hindered by illness, injury, lack of a proper abode or occupation, or other reasons, a probation office gives advice and guidance so that he/she is able to receive the necessary support from public welfare facilities etc.
  A probation office provides assistance during supervision if such support cannot be obtained immediately or the support provided by such facilities is deemed to be inadequate. This includes aid directly provided by probation offices, such as food, clothing, and travel expenses, and entrusted aid that is entrusted to halfway houses.
  Urgent aftercare of discharged offenders is a measure similar to assistance during supervision, which is adopted for inmates released from prisons on completion of their sentences, offenders who were given suspension of execution of sentence for imprisonment with or without work and were not placed under probationary supervision, suspects granted suspension of prosecution, offenders sentenced to fines or petty fines, offenders who are released or provisionally released from workhouses, and juveniles who are discharged or provisionally discharged from juvenile training school, upon the application from the person in question. It is provided for a period not exceeding six months after the date of discharge from the physical constraint, and 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 2-5-3-1 shows the number of probationers and parolees who received assistance during supervision or urgent aftercare of discharged offenders in 2005, by type of offenders.

Table 2-5-3-1  Number of probationers/parolees receiving assistance during supervision or urgent aftercare of discharged offenders by type (2005)