Evaluating the effectiveness of home detention curfew and open prison in Scotland
Home Detention Curfew (HDC) and open prison are both forms of ‘conditional liberty’, where prisoners are allowed controlled access to the community. Schemes of conditional liberty are intended to provide a gradual transition from prison to community thus facilitating a person’s reintegration. On an HDC licence, prisoners live at home but must wear an electronically monitored tag and keep to a curfew; in open prison, prisoners live at the prison but can be granted home leave and participate in activities that prepare them for release. The Scottish Government commissioned this research to evaluate how these two schemes operate, what they cost and how they may assist longer term aims to reduce reoffending.