Tagging and Curfews

Frequently Asked Questions

Offender wearing an electronic tag on her ankle

How long will the curfew last?

If the order was made by a court then it can be for a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of six months.  This is known as a Curfew Order. 

If you are assessed as suitable for the curfew while in prison you can be released a minimum of two weeks and up to a maximum of 90 days early.  The length of the original sentence also affects the length of the curfew period.  This is known as Home Detention Curfew (HDC).

Normally your curfew will begin on the day and time specified by the court or the day you are released from prison.


What if I don’t have a telephone?

If you don’t have a telephone, one will be provided at no cost to yourself.  All calls you make to the monitoring centre will be free. 

You will not be able to use the telephone provided to make any other calls other than to emergency services.


What is probation’s role in curfews?

We will decide if you are suitable for curfew.  We will consider the effect it will have on the other people living at the same address as you while you are on the curfew.  We will also consider the effect on the local community.  A probation officer will provide a written report to help the Prison Governor decide if a person can be released early from prison on a Home Detention Curfew.

We provide courts with written reports about whether a curfew is suitable.  This report helps magistrates and judges decide whether to sentence people to a Curfew Order.


Can I be on a Curfew Order and another Order?

Yes.  You may be on a curfew and sentenced to another order such as unpaid work.  A curfew can also be a stand alone order.  So you may be on a curfew with no other requirements.