8 Pre-release reports
8.1 Part of statutory throughcare involves preparing reports to inform temporary release from prison on home leave and liberation on licence. In 2019-20, 1,600 home leave reports were produced, a rise of 18 per cent on the previous year and back to around the level of the recent high in 2016-17. A total of 2,300 home circumstance reports for release from prison on parole/non-parole licence were recorded in 2019-20. This number rose for the sixth year in a row and was up by 44 per cent on the number in 2013-14 (Table 1). While pre-release reports in 2013-14 consisted of roughly equal numbers of home leave and home circumstance reports, by 2019-20 home circumstance reports accounted for 59 per cent of the total.
8.2 From 2006, those serving a custodial sentence may also be released early under a home detention curfew scheme. The number of home detention curfew assessments fell sharply for the second year in a row, falling overall by 70 per cent between 2017-18 and 2019-20 to 810 (Table 6).
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