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Bail Accommodation and Support Service

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what role the Probation Service has in monitoring ex-offenders placed in bail hostels managed by ClearSprings; and if he will make a statement. (276901)

55 per cent. of those living at a ClearSprings address are defendants on bail and are not subject to Probation supervision, unless they were subject to a relevant prior sentence when bailed by the court. Prisoners serving custodial sentences of more than 12 months are subject to supervision by the National Probation Service (NPS). All those aged between 18 and 21 years that serve a custodial sentence are supervised by the NPS on release. They are required to meet their offender manager on release and have regular contact in accordance with the requirements of their licence supervision. For those released under Home Detention Curfew (HDC) supervision starts at the point of release on HDC and continues until the supervision licence expires. Compliance with the HDC curfew condition is monitored by the relevant electronic monitoring contractor.

For those living at a ClearSprings address who were serving a custodial sentence of less than 12 months and are over 21 years of age, ClearSprings provides support.