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Prisoners Release: Overcrowding

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government has to introduce new measures to release offenders from prison early to ease prison overcrowding. (136179)

I have been asked to answer.

The Ministry of Justice is not currently planning to release offenders early. We are dealing with pressures on the prison estate by building more capacity. We will always ensure that there will be prison places for those serious, sexual and seriously persistent offenders who ought to be in prison.