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Sentencing

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released on home detention curfew in each year since 1999 have served (a) one quarter of their sentence, (b) 90 days less than half their sentence and (c) 30 days of their sentence; for what offences were prisoners in each of those three bands originally convicted; and what the average length of the original sentence handed down to the offender in each of those three bands was. (250392)

The information requested on length on time served prior to release on Home Detention Curfew (HDC) could be provided by examining individual prisoner records only at disproportionate cost. However information is available on the number of prisoners released on HDC in each year from 1999-2007 by sentence length band, as shown in the following tables. These figures can be found in Prison Statistics England and Wales, 1999-2002 and Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2003-07, copies of which can be found in the House of Commons Library, and also on the Ministry of Justice website at:

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

Eligible prisoners are not released on HDC unless they have served a minimum of one quarter of their sentence in custody, subject to a minimum of 30 days.

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.

Home Detention Curfew release by sentence length—taken from table 10.16 in OMCS 2007, 9.13 in OMCS 2006 and earlier tables in OMCS and PSEW—England and Wales

1999

2000

2001

Population in sentence length band

Released

Release rate (%)

Population in sentence length band

Released

Release rate (%)

Population in sentence length band

Released

Release rate (%)

Total

49,530

14,820

30

55,344

15,513

28

54,064

13,664

25

All cases to less than 12 months

27,558

7,440

34

31,382

7,927

25

30,646

6,747

22

3 months to less than 4 months

6,256

1,370

27

7,177

1,553

22

6,791

1,205

18

4 months to less than 6 months

9,612

2,354

22

11,116

2,338

21

11,239

2,067

18

6 months to less than 8 months

7,023

2,061

24

8,047

2,304

29

8,110

1,952

24

8 months to less than 12 months

4,667

1,655

29

5,042

1,732

34

4,506

1,523

34

12 months to less than 4 years

21,972

7,380

34

23,962

7,586

32

23,418

6,917

30

200220032004

Population in sentence length band

Released

Release rate (%)

Population in sentence length band

Released

Release rate (%)

Population in sentence length band

Released

Release rate (%)

Total

55,370

20,525

37

57,551

21,223

37

55,810

19,294

35

All cases to less than 12 months

30,574

10,680

35

32,098

10,533

33

32,012

10,205

32

3 months to less than 4 months

6,439

1,695

26

6,605

1,619

25

6,592

1,419

22

4 months to less than 6 months

11,876

4,055

34

13,228

4,299

32

13,293

4,210

32

6 months to less than 8 months

7,843

2,956

38

7,606

2,679

35

7,568

2,659

35

8 months to less than 12 months

4,416

1,974

45

4,659

1,936

42

4,559

1,917

42

12 months to less than 4 years

24,796

9,804

40

25,453

10,690

42

23,798

9,089

38

200520062007

Population in sentence length band

Released

Release rate (%)

Population in sentence length band

Released

Release rate (%)

Population in sentence length band

Released

Release rate (%)

Total

54,616

17,296

32

52,987

13,666

26

53,835

11,428

21

All cases to less than 12 months

30,273

8,507

28

29,389

6,114

21

29,372

4,545

15

3 months to less than 4 months

6,440

1,068

17

6,474

722

11

6,613

358

5

4 months to less than 6 months

12,426

3,452

28

11,722

2,243

19

11,178

1,430

13

6 months to less than 8 months

7,158

2,336

33

6,915

1,777

26

6,788

1,442

21

8 months to less than 12 months

4,249

1,651

39

4,278

1,372

32

4,793

1,315

27

12 months to less than 4 years

24,343

8,789

36

23,598

7,552

32

24,463

6,883

28