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House arrest

In justice and law, house arrest is the situation where a person is confined (by the authorities) to his or her house, possibly with travel allowed but restricted. It is a lenient alternative to prison time.

House arrest is typically enforced with the use of an electronic sensor strapped to the offender's ankle[?], not removable by the subject. If the subject and the sensor venture too far from the home, the violation is recorded and the proper authorities are summoned.

Notable instances of house arrest:


People's Republic of China:


  • Former premier Nikita Khrushchev was placed under house arrest for seven years after being deposed in 1964.

Also children may be grounded as punishment. It is house arrest except for going to school, etc.

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