The Home Detention Curfew (HDC) is a product of the Prison system attempting to reduce the number of residents within it. It allows those who are deemed suitable the opportunity to be released from custody early on a tag. The tag restricts the liberty of the offender, as they become subject to a nightly, electronically monitored curfew. If that curfew is broken, the sanction can be a return to prison.
If you, a family member or friend are eligible for HDC, you will be given an HDC Eligibility Date. However, this does not mean a prisoner will automatically be released on this date. In our experience, the most common cause for delay in HDC applications is that the process requires the communication and consent not only from the prison, but also from the Probation Service.
If you wish to consider applying for HDC, our experienced Prison Law solicitors at Reeds can not only assist you with the application itself by drafting representations, but can also attempt to minimise the delays caused by other agencies.
Unfortunately, Legal Aid is not available for this area, but our Prison Law Team can agree competitive fixed fees with you. For more information about how one of our solicitors can help you, contact us today. Alternatively, click here and one of the Team will get in touch with you as soon as possible.