Peterborough Prison: Prisoners Release

Justice written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted prisoners held at HMP Peterborough were released early as a result of prison overcrowding in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The End of Custody Licence was introduced on 29 June 2007. Eligible prisoners serving between four weeks and four years may be released under licence from prison up to up to 18 days before their automatic release date.

Up to the end of November 2007, the latest date for which figures are available, there had been 325 prisoners released under the End of Custody Licence scheme from HMP Peterborough; 77 of these were during the month of November.

The total number of releases by offence group, sentence length, age, gender, ethnicity and prison establishment have been published on the Ministry of Justice website for the first week of the scheme, the remainder of July, and every subsequent month since then.

The monthly published figures can be found on separate links under the following main link:

Data on releases up to the end of December 2007 will be published at the end of January 2008 according to the schedule of MoJ statistical publications http://www/

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

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kerri stretton
Posted on 10 Feb 2008 1:34 pm (Report this annotation)

well what can i say i cant see how this will ease the overcrowding in jails but also i dont see how someone being released 18 days early puts so much threat on the public if someone is criminaly minded and they are going to commit a crime 18 days is not going to make much difference to them is it also i think it very unfair that no sex offender is to be released 18 days early people need to not be so judge mental not all sex offenders are predators under age sex is fast growing in young people resulting in many young men serving sentences when both parties were more than willing i beleive a risk assessment should be carried out on all inmates and the ones with low risk should be treated fairly not tard with the same brush as a peodophile its clear to see there is a difference