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Prisoners Release

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average amount received in discharge grants by offenders sentenced to two months' imprisonment was in the latest year for which figures are available. (277281)

Prison Service Order (PSO) 6400 (Discharge) says that, to be eligible for a discharge grant, prisoners must have been given a custodial sentence of more than 14 days. The grant is £46 and is not apportionable.

The Prison Service has become aware that, following the introduction of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 which required that prisoners serving sentences of one year or less be released at the halfway point of their sentence, PSO 6400 was not sufficiently clear and its original intention has been misinterpreted. A revised Instruction has been issued to address this, clarifying that a prisoner must serve a sentence, of which the custodial period is more than 14 days.