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Peterborough Prison: Reoffenders

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what procedures have been put in place to undertake risk assessments in respect of those prisoners released early from HMP Peterborough and the likelihood of their reoffending; and if she will make a statement. (146322)

The suitability of each prisoner for release under End of Custody Licence (ECL) will be assessed according to set criteria rather than individual risk assessment. All prisoners who are potentially eligible will be screened against these criteria. We will not release:

Registered sex offenders, whether or not they are currently serving a sentence for a sexual offence;

Prisoners serving sentences for serious violence;

Prisoners who have previously escaped from custody;

Prisoners who have previously breached temporary release conditions during the current sentence, have offended during a period under temporary release at any time, or prisoners currently serving a sentence for failing to return from temporary release;

Prisoners with no accommodation arranged;

Foreign national prisoners who will be subject to deportation at the end of their sentence;

Prisoners who are subject to extradition proceedings;

Sentenced prisoners who have been remanded into custody on further charges or who are awaiting sentence;

Prisoners who, within the period of their current sentence, had been recalled either from HDC or from normal licence;

Prisoners required to undertake a treatment programme as a condition of the normal (end of sentence) supervision licence that could not be arranged during the period of THL;

Prisoners who are under 18 years of age.