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Sentencing: Foreigners

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2009, Official Report, column 86W, on sentencing: foreigners, (1) how many of the three prisoners discharged from a mandatory life sentence were (a) handed over to the custody of the UK Border Agency and (b) transferred to approved premises; (287735)

(2) what the nationality was of each of the three prisoners discharged from a mandatory life sentence.

Of the three prisoners discharged from a mandatory life sentence, one was an Irish national, one an Indian national and one a Pakistani national. None of the offenders was subject to deportation or, therefore, taken into UK Border Agency custody. One of the three was released into approved premises; the other two were released into alternative accommodation, which had been risk-assessed by the probation service.

All three were released subject to supervision on life licence by the probation service.

There are 101 approved premises in England and Wales. Approved premises are used primarily to supervise certain high risk of harm offenders on release from custody. They provide for the kind of effective and close supervision of certain offenders which would be much more difficult to achieve if those offenders were dispersed into less suitable accommodation elsewhere in the community.