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Prisons: Islam

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what institutional arrangements are in place for the aftercare of Muslim prisoners. (205894)

All prisoners who serve 12 months or more are subject to a period of statutory supervision on release. Those sentenced to any period in custody who are under 21 years at the point of release will also be supervised by the National Offender management Service (NOMS) on a standard three month licence.

Prisoners on licence are seen by NOMS who assess and manage their risk and needs, such as accommodation, relationships, lifestyle, etc. The religious needs of prisoners are considered and treated with respect. Supervision is conducted in a way that is consistent with and responsive to the religious affiliation of the offender, and appointments are arranged at times that do not prevent attendance at religious events.