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Home Detention Curfews: Greater London

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released from each prison in London under home detention curfew orders in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (268758)

The following table shows the number of prisoners released under the Home Detention Curfew scheme from prison establishments in London in each month in 2007, which is the latest year for which the data are available.

Belmarsh

Brixton

Feltham

Holloway

Latchmere House

Pentonville

Wormwood Scrubs

Wandsworth

All 2007

70

30

*

110

*

60

160

40

January 2007

10

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

February 2007

*

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

March 2007

10

0

*

20

0

*

20

*

April 2007

10

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

May 2007

10

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

June 2007

10

*

0

10

0

*

20

10

July 2007

10

10

0

*

0

10

10

*

August 2007

*

*

0

10

0

10

10

*

September 2007

10

*

0

10

0

*

10

*

October 2007

*

0

0

10

*

10

10

*

November 2007

10

*

*

10

*

10

20

*

December 2007

*

*

*

10

0

*

20

10

Note:

Figures rounded to the nearest 10; ‘*’ indicates number of releases is fewer than 5 (but not 0).

The Home Detention Curfew scheme enables suitable prisoners primarily serving between three months and less than four years to be released subject to an electronically monitored curfew up to 135 days earlier than the half way point of their sentence. The scheme has been very successful in providing prisoners with a smoother and more effective re-integration into the community enabling prisoners to be released from prison early, while still subject to restrictions placed on their liberty. HDC helps prisoners resume employment or training at an earlier stage and so support themselves and their families.

The decision to grant release on HDC rests with the Governor and eligible prisoners must pass a risk assessment, which includes an assessment of home circumstances carried out by the probation service, before release can be granted.

Prisoners subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and those serving extended sentences for public protection are statutorily excluded from release on HDC. Offenders serving sentences for certain serious violent offences, including prisoners serving sentences for terrorism legislation offences and prisoners with any history of sexual offending are presumed unsuitable unless there are exceptional circumstances.

No prisoners are released on HDC unless they have served at least one quarter of their sentence subject to a minimum of 30 days in custody. These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing, and have therefore been rounded to the nearest 10.