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Prisoners Release: Domestic Violence

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answers of 2 November 2009, Official Report, columns 741W and 742W, on prisoners' release: domestic violence and prisoners' release: reoffenders, whether any offender on end of custody licence has been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of an offence (i) relating to domestic violence and (ii) of manslaughter since 2 November 2009. (317141)

Determinate sentenced prisoners 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 are published every month on the following website:

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

The total number of alleged further offences committed by prisoners during their period of ECL as notified to NOMS for period 29 June 2007 to 31 December 2009 is 1,543, as published in the ECL releases and recalls statistical bulletin published on 29 January 2010.

Where the National Offender Management Offender Service (NOMS) is notified of a further charge while an offender is subject to ECL, it is not centrally recorded as to whether the offence was specifically in relation to violence within a domestic setting. Such information would be contained within individual records and could only be collated by manual checking of individual case details and could only be carried out at disproportionate cost.

In addition to data held on offenders who are notified to the National Offender Management Service as having been charged with an offence while subject to ECL, of those offenders who since 2 November 2009 were released on ECL and who were subject to probation supervision, NOMS has received no notification in line with serious further offences procedures that there has been any case where an offender has been charged with manslaughter.