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Prison Sentences

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 153109, tabled on 11 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2021 to Question 148677, how many and what proportion of people serving an IPP sentence who have previously been released are in custody following recall; and how many people in custody following recall have been in custody for more than one year.

Answered on

22 February 2021

As at 31 December 2020, there were 1,338 people serving an IPP sentence in custody following recall. This is approximately 28% of all offenders who have been released on an IPP licence. On 31 December 2020, 812 recalled IPP offenders were known to be still in custody more than a year after their recall.

These figures have been drawn from the Public Protection Unit Database held by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. As with any large-scale recording systems, the figures are subject to possible errors with data migration and processing.

The power to recall is a vital public protection measure and all individuals on licensed supervision in the community are liable to recall to prison if they fail to comply with the conditions of their licence in such a way as to indicate that their risk may no longer be effectively managed in the community. It falls to the independent Parole Board to determine whether it is safe to re-re-release offenders serving an IPP sentence following recall. Consequently, where an offender has spent more than one year in custody following recall, it is because the Parole Board has judged that their risk is too high for them to be safely managed afresh on licence in the community.

Our primary responsibility is to protect the public; however, HMPPS remains committed to safely reducing the number of prisoners serving IPP sentences in custody.

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