Prisoners' Release

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners were released on temporary licence from each category of prison in the most recent twelve-month period for which figures are available.

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All offenders must meet strict criteria and pass a thorough risk assessment before being considered for release on temporary licence (ROTL). ROTL is proven to reduce reoffending, helping offenders build and maintain family ties as well as find work.

The table below shows the number of prisoners released on temporary licence in England and Wales between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019 by category/type of prison from which they were released for the first time during that period.

Table 1: Individuals released on temporary licence by predominant prison function, October 2018 - September 2019

Predominant Prison Function








Category C


Young Offender Institution


Category B


Category A




Data sources and quality

The figures in these tables 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.

Disclosure control

An asterisk (*) has been used to suppress values of two or less. This is to prevent the disclosure of individual information. Further disclosure control may be completed where this alone is not sufficient.


The above data shows unique individuals and their first release on temporary licence, based on date. There may be cases where an individual moves between establishments and is released on temporary licence from more than one establishment type. In these instances, only the establishment type of their first ROTL in the time period is recorded.

Source: PQ HL 2263 (Ministry of Justice; DASD-JSAS)

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