When it comes to violations of the law, most punishments are dealt with with house arrest and not imprisonment. In rare circumstances, the trying council may determine that the accused, once convicted, due to extraordinary circumstances, may need to sentence the convicted to imprisonment; this would be the case if a citizen is convicted of multiple homicides, has been found to be mentally unstable and is considered to be an ongoing threat to the community at large. These citizen would be removed from the population and placed into prison until such time as they have completed the necessary rehabilitation.
Prison’s within the Alliance have two level’s, based upon the individuals threat level to their fellow inmates. Those who have shown that they are an extreme danger to their fellow inmates or to security staff, can be housed on the isolated level of the prison; where their movement is limited to specific prescribed tasks only and visitations are strictly monitored. Those not a threat, per say, to the other inmates or security staff, would be housed within the main prison community at large.
Upon entry into the prison, citizen’s are temporarily removed of any person item’s that are not considered to be necessary to their survival, such as medical aides or prescription medications; once they have cleared entry into the prison, they are assigned to their temporary living births, which they will share with only one other person until they can be assigned to permanent residents. These birth’s include a private shared bathroom; a living room; a kitchenette/dinette; and a sleeping area… Movement is limited during this period as the citizen is assessed and classified by medical and security staff.
Once the classification period is completed, the citizen in custody is assigned living quarters within the general community. These quarters are designed to include a full kitchen, dining area, living area and sleeping area with private bathroom. Citizens are free to leave their residence (unless in a lock-down situation) as they wish. There are many amenities available for the citizens use, such as work and shops. Citizens care for their own needs; and they are free to receive short-term visitors.
Imprisonments do not exceed ten years, with very few exceptions. The majority of sentences are no more than one-year in length as punishment for a crime. The Colonial Alliance does not have the death penalty or any other inhuman form of capital punishment.