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Prisoners' Release and Reoffenders

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Labour, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were released from prison on each day from 17 December 2018 to 31 December 2018; and how many of those people were recalled to prison within one month of release.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

A total of 2,853 prisoners were released from prison between 17 December 2018 and 31 December 2018 inclusive. Of these, 325 individuals had a licence recall within one month (31 days) of release although not all would have been apprehended by the Police and returned to prison custody within that timeframe.

Public protection is our priority. Offenders on licence are subject to strict licence conditions and supervision and are liable to be recalled to custody where they breach their licence conditions.

The figures detailed in the answer 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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