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Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company

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Electronic monitoring, or curfew, is an effective way of punishing offenders and helping them to stop offending.

A curfew requirement lasts for up to six months. It can be used on its own or with other requirements. It can also be used when an offender is released from prison. The curfew is for at least two hours and up to twelve hours per day, and is often overnight.

The offender is fitted with an electronic tag around the ankle, which they must wear at all times, and a monitoring box is installed in their home. If the offender does not return home for the curfew hours, the monitoring centre notifies the supervising officer. The absence is investigated and breach action can be taken.

A curfew has many benefits, for the community and for the offender:

  • It punishes the offender by forcing them to stay at home during the set hours.
  • It reduces the opportunity for offending during those hours.
  • It helps to break patterns of behaviour, which can help people to stop offending.
  • It helps protect the public. For example, if there are concerns a sex offender might target children after school, a curfew from 3-6pm could be imposed.

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