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Parole

Justice written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases the Parole Board considered in each of the last 10 years; how many and what proportion of offenders were granted oral hearings in each of those years; and how many of those offenders were granted parole in each year.

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

The information requested is set out in the following table. It is based on data published by the Parole Board in its annual reports. It excludes the Parole Board's consideration of recalled prisoners.

Almost all determinate sentence prisoners have their parole applications considered on the papers and therefore the oral hearings listed in the table are predominantly in respect of indeterminate and extended sentence prisoners.

Determinate sentence prisoners considered for parole Extended and Indeterminate (including lifers) prisoners considered for parole Granted oral hearing Granted oral hearing (Percentage) Released by oral hearing Released by oral hearing (Percentage)
1997-98 5,242 912 278 4.5 39 14.0
1998-99 6,078 753 291 4.2 26 8.9
1999-2000 6,219 903 282 3.9 38 16.7
2000-01 5,576 803 272 4.2 43 15.8
2001-02 5,514 979 466 7.1 40 8.5
2002-03 6,012 1,168 495 6.8 91 18.3
2003-04 6,038 1,672 1,018 13.2 254 24.9
2004-05 7,297 1,614 1,341 15.0 290 21.6
2005-06 7,528 1,761 1,512 16.2 270 17.8
2006-07 6,923 2,104 1,831 20.2 213 11.6

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