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Prisoners' Release

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the impact of the prisoner early release programme upon (a) the ability of the prison service to meet individual prisoner's resettlement needs, (b) prisoner rehabilitation, (c) recidivism and (d) the ability of the probation service to meet the needs of individuals. (149792)

Prisoners released on the end of custody licence are subject to normal sentence planning and resettlement activities, including offending behaviour programmes and interventions, undertaken by offenders across the prison estate from the start of sentence. On release, they are eligible to receive subsistence payments and housing costs to meet essential needs in lieu of benefits during the licence period.

Release on an ECL allows prisoners to start the process of looking for gainful employment, to undertake training and provides an opportunity to re-establish links with family and the local community.

The ECL will be monitored closely. Information on it, including prisoners notified to the National Offender Management Service as having re-offended during the period on ECL, will be placed in the Library on a monthly basis. Additional funding has been made available to probation services for ECL and the level of resources needed will be kept under review.