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Prisoners’ Release

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th July 2018

Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 156397 on Prisoners’ Release, which offence was committed in each of the 17 instances of re-offending; and what the consequences were for the prisoner in each case.

Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

A temporary release failure is recorded when alleged offending during ROTL is reported and there were 17 such failures in 2016, when there were 332,776 temporary releases and not 351,290 as indicated in the previous reply. In the 17 cases the charges fell into the following categories – five drugs, four violence against the person, two theft, two summary motoring, one sexual assault, one robbery, one miscellaneous and one other offence. Prison records do not routinely show the outcome of the charge, whether it was taken further by the police and, if so, whether there was a conviction, but do show that in each case the offender was transferred from open to closed prison conditions. Those convicted of an offence committed on ROTL are ineligible for further ROTL during the current sentence.