Prisoners Release: Foreigners

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert Shadow Secretary of State (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many convicted foreign national prisoners were released from prisons in Northern Ireland in the last year.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The total number of convicted foreign national prisoners released from prisons in Northern Ireland between 14 January 2007 and 14 January 2008 was 122.

The following breakdown shows the reason for release.

Number
Released Time Served (Fine defaulter) 59
Released Time Served (Sentenced prisoner) 24
Discharged at Court (Time Served on Remand) 17
Discharged at Court (Non-custodial sentence) 15
Released fine paid (Fine defaulter) 7

The details of all these prisoners were bought to the attention of the Border and Immigration Agency in line with guidance agreed between the Northern Ireland Prison Service and the Border and Immigration Agency.

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