To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many of those convicted of sexual offences have absconded while (a) on parole, (b) on early release and (c) serving a suspended sentence in Essex in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
The information is not available in the precise form requested.
In the period between April 2005 and February 2007 all offenders who were (i) serving a determinate sentence for a sexual offence; (ii) released on licence either automatically at the halfway point of sentence or on parole licence; (iii) on licence and subject to supervision by the Essex Probation Service; and (iv) recalled to prison for breaching the conditions of their licence were apprehended by the police and returned to custody.
Out of 32 cases recorded on the sex offender register and on a suspended sentence supervision order within the past 12 months in Essex, 1 has absconded. Essex Probation Service raised a warrant without bail immediately, and the offender was arrested. Records indicate that no further offence was committed during the abscond period.