Prisoners: Northern Ireland

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many prisoners in Northern Ireland absconded and were free for (a) less than a week; and (b) more than a week, in each of the last five years.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

The following table provides a breakdown of those prisoners on temporary release who absconded during 2007 and 2008.

Prior to 1 January 2007 the specific periods for those absconders who returned to custody are not available on a central record. To answer this Question for those years would incur disproportionate costs.

Calendar Year Total Absconds Less than a week More than a week
2007 26 (of whom 3 are still unlawfully at large) 15 (of whom 6 returned to custody on the same day) 8
2008 11 (of whom none are unlawfully at large) 7 (of whom 4 returned to custody on the same day) 4
Totals 37 22 12

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