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Release on Home Detention Curfew

By: Lorna Elliott LLB (hons), Barrister - Updated: 6 Nov 2019 |
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Offenders sentenced to determinate sentences of imprisonment for more than three months but less than four years may be entitled to release on Home Detention Curfew. This is an initiative that allows an offender to be released from custody up to 120 days early as long as they abide by strict conditions on licence. It was designed to allow an offender to get used to being back in the community and thus allow for an easier transition from prison to home life. Home Detention Curfew is as it sounds; the offender is allowed to go home but must ensure that they are inside the house for specified periods (usually during the night.) The requirements of Home Detention Curfew are that the offender must stay within the four walls of the property during the hours of the curfew, which means that it is not acceptable to go into the garden (e.g. to smoke, or to join in a barbeque).

How Does an Offender get Home Detention Curfew?

Not all prisoners are eligible for home detention curfew. Some will be excluded by virtue of the nature of their offence, in which case they may be classed as ‘presumed unsuitable’ (and will not get HDC unless there are exceptional circumstances and the governor agrees to release on HDC) and others will not be eligible because their sentences are either too long or too short. If not automatically excluded from the home detention curfew scheme, prisoners are assessed before their HDC date, i.e. the date upon which they would get HDC if they were assessed as suitable for it.

Offenders who are not excluded from the scheme will be assessed by the probation service to find out whether they can be released on HDC. This includes passing a ‘risk assessment’ and ensuring that a home circumstances check is carried out satisfactorily (the place where the offender will live while on HDC.)

If an offender is refused HDC, they can appeal the decision by submitting a complaint form to the Governor, setting out the reasons why they think the decision is wrong.

Practical Elements of HDC

If an offender is released on home detention curfew, they will need to agree in writing to the licence conditions. These are usually to stay within an agreed address between 7am and 7pm every day. The property to which they are ‘tagged’ can either be their home address, a hostel or another approved premises.

The curfew is enforced by way of an electronic monitoring device that is installed at the offender’s pre-approved address. The offender is monitored by way of a ‘tag’ around their ankle.

What Happens if an Offender is Recalled?

If an offender does not comply with their curfew, the monitoring system will alert the contracting company that provides the tagging system and the offender may be recalled to prison. If this happens, they may not be re-released until their automatic release date (usually at the half-way point during their sentence.) If an offender is recalled to prison for breaching their tag due to circumstances that were not within their control (e.g. not being able to remain at the curfew address anymore) they may be able to apply for a further review of HDC once an alternative address is found (and subject to that address being deemed suitable.)

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My son was released from prison on HDC tag but a few weeks afore his tag finished there was a incident at there address where he didn’t feel comfortable staying so left we rang police and made a statement and he went to a different address then 5 days afore his tag was to be removed they recalled him but that was 4 weeks ago and just arrested him what will happen now he has been took back to local prison I’m really worried as had a lot of problems in there last time
Lisa - 6-Nov-19 @ 2:26 PM
My son was on HDC tag at a address but just afore his tag was due to be took off there was a incident at the address where he didn’t feel comfortable cause was been threatened so left and 5 days later got recalled but police hasn’t been till today which is 4 weeks since what will happen anybody help please as really worried as self harms
Lisa - 6-Nov-19 @ 2:13 PM
Hi my husband got 2 and half years last week in strangeways prison. He is tild he will do 15 m but when will he be able to get a tag
Kiera Duffy - 26-Oct-19 @ 1:35 PM
Does anyone know if a tag can be removed early due to working shift work or if not how long it takes the prison to approve the changes in curfew times?
J - 17-Oct-19 @ 6:33 PM
How long can you be tagged for, is there any limit as to how long a person can be tagged ?
Mike - 17-Oct-19 @ 3:22 PM
Hi.. just wanted to know how long after are you eligible for HDC on a 10 month sentence. .
Khany - 15-Oct-19 @ 1:23 PM
My partner is on curfew tag home detention he got 3 months, hes completed 2 months and has a month left but my son pulled the box out the socket and hes been breached for it and has to attend court what could happen?then the day after hes also in court for a public order offence
Shan - 12-Oct-19 @ 9:34 PM
Hello Apparently they’re giving HDC (tag) to prisoners in category D prisons is this true ? My partner is serving 4 years by wasn’t eligible for the hdc but is now in a D Cat.
BelB - 11-Oct-19 @ 9:16 PM
My partner of 10 years as been granted tag but been refused to have it at our home address we have a 6 year old son together and is really distressing for us both I have mental health issues to
Bugga - 21-Sep-19 @ 8:32 PM
Hello, my boyfriend is currently in a category d prison, is there any way he will be Albe to get tag 4 months early?
Olivia - 8-Sep-19 @ 8:30 PM
Can you be released on HDC to address were original offence took place ? Thanks
Ck88 - 28-Aug-19 @ 10:16 PM
Hi, a friend of mine was sentenced to 28 months, the max he has to serve us 14 but his P.O. has informed us that’s he’s eligible for tag from the 7th April, which is 4 months early- however while in there has has heard from others that with the new Gps tag system some may be eligible for release 6 months early rather than 4- I haven’t found much info on this matter online is this true?
Soph - 22-Aug-19 @ 8:40 PM
if anyone needs any advice regarding being on tag just ask, its my job.
max - 20-Aug-19 @ 4:05 PM
if your not happy with a person being tagged at your address, call the tag people they will come and remove it, it's called a withdrawal of consent, as the homeowner you do not have to have it
max - 20-Aug-19 @ 4:00 PM
My son is on tag from prison at my address after only two days hes gone out twice when he shoudnt off hes had the police at my door and now i feel like i cant cope any more i want him to go ive spoken to his probation officerand his solicitor and the police saying i dont want him here no onecaresim thinking of pulling the plug on the tag boxive had all i can cope with please give me some advice
Blue eyes - 19-Aug-19 @ 1:53 AM
When can he apply for it aswell how long does he have to do be4 asking for tag
Donna - 11-Aug-19 @ 7:53 PM
My partner got 20 months in prison a week ago what the chances of him conming out on tag as he do 10 months inside has no priveos
Donna - 11-Aug-19 @ 7:52 PM
My ex boyfriend is currently in jail, the crime happened in Wales and he got arrested in Wales, and his court hearing was over in Wales. however shortly after he moved to my home town out of Wales nd has been living here in his own flat on his own up until when he had court on Monday 29th July, he got 15 months and allowed out on tag after serving half. Just wondering where he would be tagged too? Will he be tagged somewhere in Wales because that’s where it’s all happening? Or will he be able to have tag over here back in his flat?
Lilpots - 3-Aug-19 @ 10:43 AM
Hi evening all, my partner is due for tag November next year. Just wondering do they inform social services he will be there on tag? Or is it literally just him and probation that will know??
SandraMurray - 1-Aug-19 @ 10:38 PM
Hi, my husband was sentenced to 18 weeks for drink driving and was eligible for tag on 26th July. He hasn’t been given the full paper work from the prison yet but has been given a probation officer which has said that he has to wait for the documents from the prison to be able to do anything. Someone else has told him that he may not be eligible as he isn’t a British citizen. Is this correct or will he have to stay another 4 weeks to complete the 9 weeks of his 18 week sentence.
Ade - 30-Jul-19 @ 3:42 PM
If they don't come when you're supposed to come off can you take it off yourself
Dee - 29-Jul-19 @ 9:21 PM
Hi there, a dear friend has been sentenced and due for release in 2021. He said he will be applying for tag next year. I just want to know how long does it take from applying for tag to it being granted and released please?
KathChesh - 7-Jul-19 @ 2:31 PM
Good evening,my partner is in prison and his released date is 29th of August .but the immigration get involved.can he come out on hdc until we get an answer from the immigration? Thank you
Morena - 5-Jul-19 @ 8:30 PM
Hi what is the amount of time you are allowed out of your tagged address before it's classed as a breach as ice been told it is a set time of hours/mins Thank you this is a hdc early release
Cia86 - 3-Jul-19 @ 12:41 AM
Hi my daughters ex has set up his tag at her address. Would it delay his release date to change tag address. He's due to be released in 3 weeks.. many thanks
Mish - 11-Jun-19 @ 6:29 AM
My son on tag at my address hes done 6 weeks got 7 weeks to go I cant take anymore of his moods and liveing with him is making me I'll I live in a small I bed what can I do hes been good I just cant cope liveing with him many thxdawn
Jude - 29-May-19 @ 11:45 AM
My partner got sentenced on Tuesday for 14 months, he put in for his early realise on tag yesterday, I’m currently 7 weeks pregnant an due to have our baby in June I’m just wondering will he be out by then on tag? He’s got no previous convictions an has got a stable home to come back too?? Could really use the help as I’m going out my mind thank you
Shannon - 18-Oct-18 @ 11:44 AM
Hi just wanted a bit of advice, my partner is currently in prison for a driving offence and is eligible for HDC his date for this is 19.10.18 probation have passed him and there paper work is with the governor. I was just wondering if anyone would know if he will be passed by the governor with breaching his tag over 3 year ago for something totally different. Would they still consider him for early realise for it? I'm currently 34 weeks pregnant and they are taking me in to have baby at 39 weeks as he has a poorly heart and needs open heart surgery as soon as hes born, just a stressful time sat in the unknown. Thank you.
sammie-jay - 12-Oct-18 @ 10:25 AM
Hi my partner is due out on may 25 2019 on HDC and I'm just wondering if he will be allowed on tag back at our home address ??? I heard he might not be able to because the area we live in has a high crime rate and he got arrested at our address... thanks
Ella - 6-Oct-18 @ 11:34 PM
J.new - Your Question:
Hi my partner has been given his tag papers and filled them in. What's his chances to get out on hdc. He's been charged for domestic assault against and ex partner and was sentenced for it. He's applied for a tag at his friends address and has had good behaviour since being in prison and has been told he has passed the first 3 stages of the process. He couldn't get tagged here due to my son being here and sw dragging there heels to do as risk assessment. He has never been violent to me and hasn't offended in a year after that happened. My anxiety and through the roof wondering what's happening and scared he won't get out I'm not coping out here on my own. He's trying to change his life around and being out and having support would help

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