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Release on Home Detention Curfew

By: Lorna Elliott LLB (hons), Barrister - Updated: 15 Feb 2020 |
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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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Hi my partner was sent to 18 months how does he apply for the tag or is there anything I can do to help him get released on the tag
Kaz - 15-Feb-20 @ 4:20 PM
My partner put in 2 address now for hdc tag and both been refused but the last address was his father in laws address which is a 3 bedroom house and only he lives there and police never been called at the address does anyone know why this would of been refused and what can we do to appeal this decision the prison wont say why this is. They asked him for a 3rd address but he dont have one and they dont do bail hostel this is just a headache in its self. Please hope someone can help me
Louilou - 1-Feb-20 @ 10:09 PM
My partner is applying for the tag can anyone tell me how long the process takes ??? What stages there r to it until we get final outcome thanx
Shirley - 1-Feb-20 @ 9:50 PM
Hi, does anyone know if 2 different people with HDC can be at the same address? One brother is already at home on tag and the other is due in 2 weeks. There will be a 1 week overlap when they are both on tag - is this possible?
Nikki - 15-Jan-20 @ 10:22 AM
My ex on two year release I say he cannot have our child live with him , in case he gets recalled
Tobykin - 11-Jan-20 @ 8:55 PM
Can Mx ex have our son living with him if he is on a two year release I say no as I am against it
Tobykin - 11-Jan-20 @ 8:53 PM
My friend is on a tag until spring hes not had any throuble in jail and is complying with his tag, has anyone arranged a late night out on a tag ? I want to take him to a music concert , his age and the schedule and native country of the artists involved mean that this is a once only possibily....has anyone ever done this?
Bobby - 17-Dec-19 @ 10:48 AM
Reply to Keira Duffy Hi Keira. Going on recent experience he should do between 10 / 11 months inside providing hes a good boy , he'll get his tag first day of release after clocking on with probation, he should apply for the curfew as soon as he gets settled inside to give them time to process the application . and make a home visit before his release to make sure the address is suitable ( doesnt always happen ) i hope the time goes quick
raj - 17-Dec-19 @ 10:36 AM
I’m just asking for someone because my friend is on tag from 7:15am till 7:15 pm if he missed the time and he was late home by 10 or 12 minutes would he get arrested for that
Natalie - 12-Dec-19 @ 8:24 PM
My partner of 3 years is due to be released on tag next Tuesday, but has been refused our home address due to a call out from the police 3 years ago when we had an argument. We have 2 children together 4 and 7 months! His tag address is 2 hours away from home in a bail hostel. Is there any thing we can do so he can come home? It’s causing me so much stress and anxiety.
Emz - 27-Nov-19 @ 10:19 PM
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
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