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Prisoner Release Decisions

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:59 am on 20th October 2009.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 10:59 am, 20th October 2009

Section 30 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 deals with the power of the Secretary of State to release on grounds of compassion a prisoner who is suffering from a terminal illness and likely to be dead within three months, but do not some of my hon. Friend's constituents have reasonable cause to point to past cases? The case of Ernest Saunders is not directly parallel, but all those years ago he was supposed to be suffering from dementia but suddenly recovered as soon as he was released from the court process. There were suggestions that Ronnie Biggs would be out celebrating in the pub within a few days, although he was not, but how can people be reassured?