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Parole

Justice written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many cases before the Parole Board were awaiting a hearing on 1 January in each year between 1996-97 and 2010-11 inclusive;

(2) in how many cases of prisoners serving indeterminate sentences the Parole Board (a) directed release, (b) did not direct release and (c) adjourned or deferred a decision in each year from 2004-05 to 2010-11 inclusive.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

Figures for years prior to 2009-10 are not available as the Parole Board did not record total number of cases awaiting a hearing in these years.

Details of the cases awaiting hearing that are available are in the following table.

As at 1 January each year Cases awaiting a hearing
2009 2,237
2010 1,702
2011(1) 1,366
(1) Projected.

Indeterminate prisoners are made up of prisoners receiving a “life” sentence ‘or’ an indeterminate sentence (IPP) for public protection (1PP).

The following tables outline the changes in cases referred to the Parole Board for either category.

Life sentence prisoners
Cases considered Release directed Did not direct release Adjourned or deferred
2004-05 1,341 290 896 155
2005-06 1,195 270 723 202
2006-07 1,421 207 830 384
2007-08 1,423 207 937 270
2008-09 1,272 194 852 226
2009-10 1,530 172 1,171 187
2010-11 2,152 330 1,550 272
IPP prisoners
Cases considered Release directed Did not direct release Adjourned or deferred
2004-05 0
2005-06 0
2006-07 74 6 44 24
2007-08 253 17 192 44
2008-09 556 43 390 123
2009-10 1,432 68 1,197 167
2010-11 2,261 140 1,901 220

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