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Prisoners Release

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were granted compassionate release in each of the last five years. (279880)

The numbers of prisoners who were granted permanent early release on compassionate grounds in each of the last five years is shown in the following tables. The data are split between prisoners serving fixed-term sentences (where the data are collected by calendar year) and those serving indeterminate sentences (where the data are collected by financial year).

Determinate sentenced prisoners

Fixed-term prisoners

2004

4

2005

11

2006

7

2007

5

2008

7

Total

34

Indeterminate sentenced prisoners

Number

2004-05

4

2005-06

2

2006-07

2

2007-08

4

2008-09

2

Total

14

These figures have been drawn from internal records and the Public Protection Unit Database in the National Offender Management Service. As with any large scale recording systems, they are subject to possible errors with data migration and processing.