Definition: In Canada, a conditonal sentence is a prison sentence of less than two years that can be served in the community if the following pre-conditions are met:
- the offence can't be punishable by a minimum sentence
- the sentence must not be for an offence prosecuted by indictment that carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years or more
- public safety won't be threatened
- the sentence must be consistent with the sentencing principles in the Criminal Code, including denunciation and deterrence.
The offender must then meet other conditions, including house arrest or curfew.