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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17789: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 20 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to review arrangements for tagging offenders convicted of housebreaking on liberation.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 24 August 2018

Under the current regime, decisions as to the use of electronic monitoring on liberation from detention or imprisonment are made by either the Parole Board for Scotland in relation to release on licence or by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) in relation to Home Detention Curfew (HDC).

In June 2018, my predecessor asked both the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Chief Inspector of Constabulary to review arrangements for HDC. The Terms of Reference for these reviews were published on 28 June and we expect to see review findings in September 2018.

It is important we do not pre-empt the findings of these reviews to allow both Inspectorate’s to independently conclude their enquiries and make recommendations for improvement. We will carefully consider all of the recommendations including any potential shortcomings identified.