Justice written question – answered on 22nd July 2008.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of defendants released early under the end of custody licence scheme have re-offended during their additional early release period.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

All defendants released under the end of custody scheme are sentenced offenders.

The available information on numbers of offenders released on ECL and those recalled because of alleged re-offending is published monthly, in the statistical bulletin End of Custody Licence releases and recalls, available from the Library of the House and the Ministry of Justice website at the following address:

(The same publication includes details of the eligibility criteria for offenders released under the scheme).

There were 402 individuals alleged to have committed offences during their period of ECL, notified to NOMS Public Protection Unit, for the period 29 June 2007 to 31 May 2008. This represents 1 per cent. of the total number of offenders released under the scheme for the same period, 28,879.

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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