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Prisoners Release

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released early from prisons in each month since January 2007; and if he will make a statement. (149550)

Figures showing the numbers of releases under the home detention curfew scheme and on parole in the period January to June 2007 can be found in the following table:

Releases between January and June 2007 on home detention curfew and parole

Home detention curfew

Parole

January

947

209

February

917

199

March

981

209

April

900

203

May

997

203

June

980

1

1 Data not yet available

Additionally, there were 1,701 releases between 29 June 2007 and 5 July, under the end of custody licence scheme.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released early from HM prisons have been recalled; and if he will make a statement. (149555)

As at 5 July, the Ministry of Justice had been notified of 30 out of 1,701 offenders (1.76 per cent.) released under the end of custody licence as having been subsequently recalled to custody from that licence.

Information on end of custody licence, including recalls, will be placed in the Library on a monthly basis.