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Prisoners Release

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released on End of Custody Licence who did not fit the criteria for release. (169629)

Between 29 June 2007 and 31 October 2007 11,100 prisoners have been released under End of Custody Licence (ECL). Of this total NOMS has identified six prisoners released who did not meet the eligibility criteria and were therefore released in error. A further two cases have been identified where the prisoners met the eligibility criteria but were released on ECL earlier than they should have been.

Five of the eight errors were reported in the ECL monthly reports published on the Ministry of Justice website. Three errors were confirmed after the ECL report was published on 30 November 2007. They will be included in the report to be published at the end of December.

We are committed to ensuring that as few errors occur as possible and we will keep processes under review to minimise these.