§ Paul Goggins
The number of prisoners subject to the home detention curfew scheme has increased significantly over the past year as a result of the decision to increase from 60 to 90 days the period of time prisoners serving a sentence of 12 months and over spend on the scheme and by encouraging governors to place more prisoners on the scheme where it is safe to do 979W so. The following table shows the average number of prisoners on the scheme every month from January 2002 to April 2003.
The table also shows the number of prisoners subject to the home detention curfew scheme, who:(i) have breached the conditions of their curfew, pursuant to section 38A(1)(a) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, as reported to the Prison Service by the electronic monitoring contractors. (This refers to prisoners who have been absent from their curfew address, or have intentionally damaged their electronic personal identification device); or(ii) are reported to the Prison Service as having been cautioned, convicted or who are awaiting prosecution for an offence committed while they were subject to the home detention curfew scheme.
The Home Detention Curfew scheme is designed to ensure a better transition for short-term offenders between custody and the community. The safety of the public is paramount at all times.
Month Number of offenders on the Offenders on the HDC scheme (at the end of the last full week of each month) Breaches of Curfew reported to the Prison Service Offenders reported as having committed a further offence while subject to HDC 2002 January 1,672 54 7 February 1,707 47 11 March 1,965 58 14 April 2,103 64 12 May 2,300 88 26 June 2,327 123 18 July 2,292 127 26 August 2,410 127 28 September 2,384 119 20 October 2,431 125 24 November 2,584 125 26 December 3,097 156 21 2003 January 3,055 155 37 February 3,019 142 32 March 3,128 163 35 April 3,135 179 35