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Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of manslaughter committed while on End of Custody Licence since 29 June 2007; (296025)

(2) in which courts each offender convicted of committing murder while on End of Custody Licence was sentenced in the last three years.

Determinate sentenced prisoners fulfilling the relevant conditions may be released into the community up to 18 days earlier than the halfway point of their sentence under the End of Custody Licence (ECL) scheme. Indeterminate sentenced prisoners are not eligible for ECL. Data on ECL releases, recalls and alleged re-offending is published every month on the following website:

Of those prisoners who were released on ECL and were subsequently charged with and convicted of manslaughter, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has been notified in line with Serious Further Offences (SFO) procedures that there has been one case where an offender who was charged with manslaughter. However, this offender subsequently entered a guilty plea to murder and therefore was convicted of murder.

In total, there have been two offenders released on ECL convicted of murder since commencement of the scheme on 29 June 2007. These two offenders were sentenced in Leeds Crown Court and the Royal Courts of Justice to life sentences in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Of those released on ECL since the scheme began, NOMS has been notified that about 3 per cent. have been recalled to custody. Fewer than 2 per cent. have been notified to NOMS as having allegedly offended during the ECL period.