Prisoners' Release: Christmas

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd February 2021.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's policy was on temporary release from prison over the Christmas 2020 period.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

By providing opportunities to work, learn and build family ties, release on temporary licence (ROTL) from prison helps prevent offenders from returning to crime when they leave prison.

Most ROTL has been suspended during the pandemic to help limit the spread of the virus and protect the NHS. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has worked closely with public health authorities to plan when and where to re-introduce ROTL safely. Resumption of the full range of ordinary ROTL activities, including release to domestic addresses, has not been possible to date and temporary release is currently limited to essential work and compassionate reasons, such as accessing medical treatment.

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