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Prisoners Release

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average licence period has been for prisoners released from prison before completing their sentence. (162600)

The information requested is available from table 10.1 (for adults aged 21+) and table 10.2 (for young offenders) of the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library, and the table can be found at the Home Department website:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk.

For adult prisoners aged 21 or over, discharged in 2005 from prison establishments in England and Wales serving determinate sentences, the average length of sentence was 16.8 months and the average time served in custody was nine months, so that the average licence period was 7.8 months, or 46 per cent. of the sentence length (excludes discharges following recall after release on licence, non-criminals, persons committed to custody for non-payment of a fine and persons reclassified as adult prisoners).

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.