Definition of community sentence in English:

community sentence

noun

English Law
  • A sentence whereby an offender is required to perform community service.

    • ‘The Government wants magistrates to hand out more community sentences.’
    • ‘The measures follow a public outcry over failures to monitor released prisoners or to manage offenders serving community sentences who went on to kill.’
    • ‘The government, ministers might say, is already convinced of the value of community sentences.’
    • ‘Appearing to take a tough line on dangerous offenders may have been a trade-off for community sentences.’
    • ‘The day ended with most defendants being fined or given community sentences.’