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 were released on end of custody licences in each month since July 2007; and how many of those have been taken back into custody for offending during the period of their licence.

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 will be published at the end of January 2008 according to the schedule of MoJ statistical publications (

Figures for the numbers of prisoners released on end of custody licence between 29 June and the end of November 2007, the last date for statistics are currently available, can be found in the following table:

Releases on end of custody licence, 29 June to November 2007
Releases Recalls for alleged reoffending
29 June to 5 July 1,701 6
6 July to 31 July 2,131 35
August 2,493 30
September 2,195 13
October 2,612 34
November 2,610 38

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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