Classes of Offenders

Under the law of the Tightish Empire, offenders may be categorised into any on of 5 classes, the classes with the lowest number taking priority. Apart from class 0 offenders, all offenders must work for the crown when needed, but they have sufficient time to follow other pursuits during their stay in the hold.  

A class 0 offender is an individual that has been suspected of one or multiple crimes, even if the crimes are not known or proven, and is to be searched and detained by order of the Crown.
It is the Cosmopolitan Constabulary's duty to detain this offender and keep them under surveillance until they can be reassessed to a different offender class or dismissed from suspicion.


A class 1 offender is a criminal who is serving a sentence up to or over their life expectancy according to the Book of the Crown's Justice.
Their life is expected to end between the walls of the hold, so they often begin life afresh in the safety of the hold, searching for self-fulfillment or enlightenment or trying to improve the life of others if they are sensible.


A class 2 offender is a criminal who is serving a sentence up to or over their expected retirement age according to the Book of the Crown's Justice.
They often spend their time similarly to class 1 offenders with the notable difference that many keep contact to the outside world, keeping their relationships or businesses fresh and preparing themselves for retirement, if they intend to do so. Some attend to work in the hold to prepare themselves some retirement funds.


A class 3 offender is a criminal who is serving a sentence for over half a year according to the Book of the Crown's Justice.
They lead quite a different life from the higher classes, spending much of their time in lessons and work. The hold can be a unique opportunity to learn new skills and become a reformed person, improving the chances of regaining a job in the market.


A class 4 offender is a criminal who is serving a sentence up to half a year according to the Book of the Crown's Justice.
They mostly view their time in prison as an extended vacation and a chance to catch up on the small things in life, although they must provide labour if required.


For an individual to be classed a class 0 offender the Constabulary must have associated the individual with an investigation and received permission from The Crown to take preventative or investigative action for the benefit of the citizenry.
To be classed as any other class the individual must have dealt harm that may not be reversed within a certain time of committing the act as defined in the Book of the Crown's Justice, as defined by the rank of the class.


Any association with an investigation, be it as a suspect, witness, victim, potential victim or any other role that may be associated with an investigation, automatically and without consent designates the individual as a potential class 0 offender. It is then the decision of The Crown to designate the individual as an actual class 0 offender, since their detainment may be detrimental to the investigation.
They are called "offender" due to the fact that their existence has made the offense unique, no matter their role in the actual offense.
The Crown appoints all offenders.


Class 0 offenders are bound by law to stay in temporary custody, though they may continue their lives in an otherwise ordinary manner.
All other classes are bound to work off their sentence in custody, isolated from most of the world. Failure to comply will result in warnings and possible exile.


It is the Constabulary's duty to protect class 0 offenders and keep them integrated in society, effectively providing the offenders with high-quality security benefits and the guaranteed coverage of their basic needs such as food, water and medical services, although they are not permitted to leave the premises of their location of detainment.
All other classes are detained in holds and supervised by brasors and have considerably less contact with the outside world, but maintain all other benefits.

Grounds for Removal/Dismissal

Should a class 0 offender found to be of no importance in or detrimental to the investigation, the Crown may dismiss the individual.
Should the individual have provided false information to benefit from the detainment, they are sentenced for deliberate impairment of the public services and convicted to a sentence of equal length to the time of their detainment as well as additional charges.
Criminals may leave the hold by either dying, outliving their sentence, receiving royal pardon or becoming exiled.

Alternative Naming
Riddler (for class 0)
Length of Term
In the case of class 0 offenders, the length of term is equal or less to the time taken to close the investigation.
The length of term for all other classes is equal to the length of their sentence.
Related Organizations

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