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Release and Recall Section

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contractors have referred breaches of curfew orders to the Release and Recall Section in each quarter for which figures are available; how many of these breaches were referred onto the police; and what the average time was between a referral to the Release and Recall Section and the informing of the police. (109904)

[holding answer 18 December 2006]: At the start of the Home Detention Curfew Scheme in January 1999, there were three electronic monitoring contractors operating across England and Wales. New contracts were negotiated in 2005 resulting in two contractors taking over the operation. The contractors are responsible for all electronic monitoring schemes, including that of Home Detention Curfew. Release and Recall Section within the National Offender Management Service is responsible for the recall of offenders who have been released on HDC whereas the responsibility for breaching curfew orders falls to the courts.

The contractors are required to notify Release and Recall Section of breaches of the curfew condition by offenders on Home Detention Curfew. Figures for breaches are broken down annually. While reconfiguring this information into quarters would incur disproportionate cost, the following table provides the total number of offenders recalled to custody by Release and Recall Section for breaching the conditions of Home Detention Curfew since the scheme was first introduced in January 1999.

Release and Recall Section notifies the police in every case where an offender is recalled to custody, and have a target to do this within 24 hours of being notified by the contractor of the breach of curfew. Throughout the entirety of the scheme there has been almost 100 per cent. compliance with the target.

Total number of offenders recalled to custody by Release and Recall Section for breaching the conditions of Home Detention Curfew since the scheme was first introduced in January1999

Number

1999

750

2000

713

2001

553

2002

1,206

2003

2,211

2004

2,395

2005

2,148

2006 (end of September)

1,391

Total

11,367