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  1. Custodial sentence

    A custodial sentence is a judicial sentence, imposing a punishment consisting of mandatory custody of the convict, either in prison or in some other closed therapeutic and/or educational institution, such as a reformatory, psychiatry or drug detoxification. For some crimes, such as cases of child sexual abuse, a custodial sentence is almost inevitable. Although usually not labeled as such it can be considered a type of corporal punishment, even if no further physical punishments are practiced within the institution, since it constitutes a physical coercion. Indeed the technical term duress is equally used for loss of liberty and for coercion. The concept of penal harm often induces additional elements of physical endurance. Every other sentence and punishment is non-custodial, such as fines, judicial beatings, various mandatory but 'open' therapy and courses, restriction orders, loss or suspension of civil rights, or even suspended sentences.

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