Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Home Detention Curfew (HDC) and the Prison’s Open Estate

Summary

The Scottish Government has contracted with SCCJR to evaluate the effectiveness of these two schemes of graduated release from prisons. The project began in February 2010 and is scheduled to be complete at the end of September 2010. The evaluation involes statistical analysis of the trends of use and breach of HDC and open prisons, an assessment of the costs and benefits of the schemes and qualitative exploration into the perspectives of those who administer, experience and are affected by their use.