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Prisoner Release

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have opted out of or failed to apply for (a) end of custody licence and (b) home detention curfew in each year since these schemes were initiated. (206824)

The following table shows the number of prisoners who, according to the Prison Service IT system, were potentially eligible for the home detention curfew (HDC) scheme and who opted out in each year since the scheme began on 28 January 1999:

Number who opted out

1999

1,500

2000

5,700

2001

7,800

2002

6,300

2003

5,100

2004

3,900

2005

3,500

2006

3,200

Data are not held as to why prisoners have opted out of being considered for HDC. However, among the most likely reasons are that the prisoner cannot provide details of a release address or will consider that that he/she is highly unlikely to pass the risk assessment and so does not bother to apply.

Information on the number of people who opt out of the end of custody licence scheme is not recorded.

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.