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Prisoner Release Decisions

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 12:15 pm on 20th October 2009.

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Photo of Nick Palmer Nick Palmer Labour, Broxtowe 12:15 pm, 20th October 2009

I am very grateful to my hon. Friend the Minister for her thoughtful response to the debate. On the issue of reoffending, one problem, which was not raised with me during my preparation for this debate, is that people released on compassionate grounds commonly go on to commit other offences. Does she agree that, in practice, it is very rare that such reoffending happens, because we are talking about people who are probably staying in hospital or who are too ill even to contemplate carrying out other offences?