Prisoners Release

Justice written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Denis Murphy Denis Murphy Labour, Wansbeck

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released on end of custody licenses were recalled for being out of touch with their supervising probation officer 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.

The total number of releases by offence group, sentence length, age, gender, ethnicity and prison establishment, and recalls notified to NOMS, 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 have recently been published and the schedule for further publications can be found at:

There were 233 decisions to recall prisoners released on end of custody licence between 29 June and the end of December 2007, for the reason of being out of touch with the probation service, equivalent to 1.4 per cent. of all releases under ECL in the same period.

Offenders can be recalled for more than one reason.

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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Glen Graham
Posted on 6 Feb 2008 10:34 am (Report this annotation)

It would be useful to know also that out of those recalled, how many actually did go back and did not just disappear.