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Prisoners Release

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners serving determinate sentences were released early in each of the last five years. (205121)

Table 10.3 shows the numbers of prisoners released on home detention curfew and the proportion this represents of all prisoners potentially eligible for early release under this scheme, based on the latest published data. Table 10.4 shows the number of determinate sentenced prisoners recommended for parole by the Parole Board and the proportion this represents of all those considered, based on the latest published data.

Table 10.3: Releases on home detention curfew 2002-06

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Number released on HDC

20,456

21,188

19,29

17,296

13,666

Percentage released of potential eligible cases

37

37

35

32

26

Table 10.4: Determinate sentence cases considered by the Parole Board

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Recommended for parole

3,175

3,206

3,794

3,718

2,478

Percentage of cases recommended out of those considered for parole

53

53

52

49

36

Source:

Tables 10.3 and 10.4 in Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2006, Ministry of Justice

Additionally, the end of custody licence scheme was introduced on 29 June 2007 and between then and 31 December 2007 there were 16,197 releases under the scheme.

Information about end of custody licence releases and recalls is published on a monthly basis on the Ministry of Justice website. The latest report was published on 30 April and refers to March as the reporting month:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/endofcustodylicence.htm

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.