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Reoffenders

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences have been committed by those on home detention curfews since 1997. (306664)

The table gives the number of offences committed by offenders while on HDC between 2003-04 and 2007-08.

Number of offenders on HDC1

Number of reoffences2

2003-04

20,802

2,307

2004-05

18,587

1,533

2005-06

15,443

1,176

2006-07

12,626

822

2007-08

11,316

820

1 Offenders starting HDC during the quarter; excludes offenders who were listed in the prison data but could not be found on the PNC.

2 The total number offences committed whilst on HDC that resulted in a conviction or caution within nine months of the end of the quarter.

Data prior to 2003-04 are not available.

The latest figures on reoffending while on home detention curfew were released by this Department in a written ministerial statement on 14 September 2009, Official Report, columns 142-44WS, and can be found at

http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090914/wmstextV90914m0001.htm

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) murders and (b) other crimes of violence against the person have been committed by those released from prison on early release since 1997. (306666)

Determinate sentenced prisoners may be released into the community earlier than the halfway point of their sentence only under either the End of Custody Licence (ECL) Scheme or the Home Detention Curfew Scheme (HDC). Indeterminate sentenced prisoners are not eligible for early release.

Data on ECL releases, recalls and alleged re-offending is published every month on the following website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/endofcustodylicence.htm

From 29 June 2007 to 31 October 2009, 1,098 offenders released on ECL have been notified as alleged to have committed a further offence. These offenders were alleged to have committed 1,458 offences, of which 306 were violent offences. These figures include two offenders released on ECL who were subsequently convicted of murder.

The number of violent offences committed by offenders while on HDC between 2003-04 and 2007-08 is shown in table 2 as follows.

Number

Offence Category

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Violence against the person

74

47

50

40

60

In addition to the cases shown in the table above, there were two prisoners released onto the HDC scheme and who were subsequently convicted of murder.

Data prior to 2003-04 is not available in a comparable audited format. To provide the full set of information from 1997 would require manual checking of files, which could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost.

The latest figures on reoffending while on HDC were released by this Department in a written ministerial statement on 14 September 2009 and can be found at:

http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090914/wmstext/90914m0001.htm

The figures relate to offenders who have committed an offence during their period on HDC resulting in a caution or conviction. The figures relate only to those offences where the caution or conviction was given within nine months of the end of the quarter in which the offender commenced the HDC scheme.

There are cases of further serious offending whereby the nature of the offence leads to court cases taking longer than nine months to conclude.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people charged with offences since 1997 had previously been released from prison on parole. (306663)

The data held by the Ministry of Justice does not enable us to identify people who have been charged with an offence and who had previously been released from prison on parole.