Criminal justice social work statistics: 2019 to 2020

National-level information, as well as some local authority breakdowns, on criminal justice social work activity in Scotland. Also includes data on justice social work services and social work orders, as well as characteristics of the individuals involved.

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8 Pre-release reports

(Tables 1 and 6)

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[1] 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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