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Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mandatory life sentence prisoners released on licence in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available have reoffended, broken down by offences committed. (258190)

The only centrally held data on prisoners who reoffend while on licence are in respect of those offenders who are recalled to prison for reoffending. This information is available only from 2003 onwards.

Our records show that for the period from 1 January 2003 until 17 February 2009, there were 758 releases recorded of mandatory life sentenced prisoners, of which 48 (6.3 per cent.) were recalled and subsequently found guilty of a further offence or offences.

In addition, we have recorded a further 17 who were released prior to 2003, were recalled over the same period and subsequently found guilty of a further offence or offences.

This gives a total of 65 mandatory life licences recalled and convicted for further offences from 1 January 2003 to 17 February 2009.

The offences committed while on licence are listed as follows in order of recall.

Date of release

Date of recall

Further offence

2003

2003

Supplying drugs

2001

2003

Affray

2003

2003

Common assault

2000

2003

Grievous bodily harm

2000

2004

Burglary

2003

2004

Obtaining property by deception

2003

2004

Robbery

2001

2004

Murder

1999

2004

Possession of Firearm

2002

2004

Suspicion of Murder

2004

2004

GBH

2003

2004

Wounding

2003

2005

Robbery

2003

2005

Sexual activity with a minor

2004

2005

Aggravated bodily harm x2

2004

2005

Assault

2004

2005

Driving while disqualified

2004

2005

Theft

2000

2005

Assault occasioning ABH

2004

2005

Burglary

2004

2005

Assault

2005

2005

Rape

2001

2005

Indecent exposure

2004

2005

Public order

2004

2005

Aggravated taking a vehicle without consent/driving under the influence of alcohol

2001

2005

Assault

2004

2005

Public order

2004

2005

Attempted murder/conspiracy to rob/possession of firearm

1998

2005

Common assault

2003

2006

Aggravated taking without consent

2005

2006

Indecent assault x2/rape x2

2005

2006

Threatening behaviour

2005

2006

Incitement to rape x2/abduction

2004

2006

Threats to kill

2003

2006

Going equipped to steal

2004

Criminal damage

2006

2006

Possession of firearms/drugs

2006

2006

Burglary/common assault

2005

2006

Threats to kill/criminal damage

2003

2006

Making threats

2004

2006

Section 18: wounding

2005

2006

Driving: excess alcohol

1998

2006

Assault

2003

2006

Criminal assault; criminal damage

2003

2006

Evasion of excise duty

2005

2006

Murder

1997

2006

Threats to kill

2005

2006

Criminal damage

2003

2006

Threatened taxi driver with knife

1999

2006

Indecent exposure

1997

2006

Common assault

2004

2007

Drink-driving

2006

2007

Common assault

2001

2007

Driving without insurance/reckless driving

2003

2007

Driving without insurance

2002

2007

Assault

2005

2007

Kidnapping

1998

2007

Benefit fraud

2003

2008

Possession of a bladed article

2005

2008

Burglary

2004

2008

Assault

2008

2008

Possession of a weapon

2006

2008

False imprisonment/theft

2007

2008

Section 39: assault/threats to kill

2007

2008

Common assault

These figures come from a manual National Offender Management Service database and, as with any such recording system, are subject to errors relating to data provided and recorded.