Date lodged: 1 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government by what means home detention curfew orders are communicated to the families of victims where the offender has received a sentence of four years or less.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 14 March 2018
I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. His response is as follows:
All victims who are registered with the Victim Notification Scheme are entitled to know the date of release of an offender. This includes the date of release on Home Detention Curfew. Those victims of offenders sentenced to 18 months or more are entitled to make representations to the Scottish Prison Service when the offender is being considered for release. These representations will inform licence conditions and where a licence condition is included which relates to the victim, or their family, the victim is informed of the licence condition. The communication of the decision and any licence conditions is in writing.