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Home Detention Curfew

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the prisoners under home detention curfew (a) broke their curfew and (b) re-offended while under curfew for each month (i) in 2002 and (ii) to date in 2003; and if he will make a statement. [117686]

The number of prisoners subject to the home detention curfew scheme has increased significantly over the past year as a result of the decision to increase from 60 to 90 days the period of time prisoners serving a sentence of 12 months and over spend on the scheme and by encouraging governors to place more prisoners on the scheme where it is safe to do so. The following table shows the average number of prisoners on the scheme every month from January 2002 to April 2003.The table also shows the number of prisoners subject to the home detention curfew scheme, who:

(i) have breached the conditions of their curfew, pursuant to section 38A(1)(a) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, as reported to the Prison Service by the electronic monitoring contractors. (This refers to prisoners who have been absent from their curfew address, or have intentionally damaged their electronic personal identification device); or
(ii) are reported to the Prison Service as having been cautioned, convicted or who are awaiting prosecution for an offence committed while they were subject to the home detention curfew scheme.

The Home Detention Curfew scheme is designed to ensure a better transition for short-term offenders between custody and the community. The safety of the public is paramount at all times.

Month

Number of offenders on the Offenders on the HDC scheme (at the end of the last full week of each month)

Breaches of Curfew reported to the Prison Service

Offenders reported as having committed a further offence while subject to HDC

2002

January1,672547
February1,7074711
March1,9655814
April2,1036412
May2,3008826
June2,32712318
July2,29212726
August2,41012728
September2,38411920
October2,43112524
November2,58412526
December3,09715621

2003

January3,05515537
February3,01914232
March3,12816335
April3,13517935