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Prisoners’ Release

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released for the last 18 days of their sentence since June 2007 have been returned to prison. (150506)

NOMS has been notified that, out of 1,701 prisoners who were released under End of Custody Licence between 29 June and 5 July, there were 12 who, by 5 July, had been subsequently returned to prison. These figures are based on statistics published on 16 July and updates will be published monthly.

The End of Custody Licence was introduced on 29 June 2007. Eligible prisoners serving between four weeks and less than four years may be released under licence from prison up to 18 days before their automatic release date.

The figures are as notified to NOMS and may therefore be subject to inaccuracies. Some offenders may have been returned to custody without NOMS having been notified. In addition, the 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.