Being tagged can make it harder for you to commit further crimes. It can help break your patterns of offending by making you stay at the agreed address.
Many people who are tagged say it gives them a new sense of structure and discipline.
There are two types of curfew:
- Curfew Order – imposed by the courts on offenders over the age of 16 Home
- Detention Curfew – imposed by the Prison Governor as part of your early release from prison.
The length of the original sentence also affects the length of the curfew period. This is known as a 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.
You will not be able to use the telephone provided to make any other calls other than to emergency services.
Your tag is linked to a monitoring machine installed in the place where you are living. The machine is linked via a telephone line to a monitoring centre. Staff at the monitoring centre can immediately tell if the curfew is broken and can return you to court or prison if you break the curfew.