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Prisoners: Release on Licence

Volume 686: debated on Thursday 2 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they and HM Prison Service are taking to prevent the recall to prison of persons on licence, for technical breaches of conditions, failures of tagging equipment or administrative errors.[HL7842]

The period offenders spend on licence and subject to probation supervision is an integral part of their sentence. Conditions are placed on the offenders’ licence in order to assist the probation service in managing the risk they may present to the community. The expectation is that offenders will comply with all conditions. If they fail to do so, they will be liable to recall. There are no plans to remove this liability, which is essential for maintaining the integrity of the sentence and for public confidence.

In the few cases where it comes to light that an offender has been recalled as a result of defective electronic monitoring equipment or for other erroneous reasons, immediate steps are taken to re-release the offender.