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Prisoners: Release

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners released while on the waiting list for approval for day release in the last 12 months; (204279)

(2) what recent estimate he has made of the average time taken for a prisoner to be approved for day release.

Data are not held centrally on the length of time taken to consider an application for temporary release as each application is considered on its merits. The volume of information required to complete the necessary risk assessment will vary according to the individual circumstances of the prisoner and the type of release applied for. Likewise, data are not held centrally on the number of prisoners released from custody on completion of their sentence while waiting for an application for temporary release to be considered.

The Prisoners' Requests and Complaints procedures are available to prisoners for any complaints they may have about any aspect of prison life. Prisoners may use these procedures to make a complaint to the Governor if they consider their ROTL application has been unduly delayed.