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Short Update: Prison release schemes almost impossible to deliver, says watchdog, after less than 2% of estimated releases in England & Wales

FT Admin - June 3, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases, Prison conditions

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAPDC) has completed a review of 200 messages sent to prison radio and has stated that early release schemes publicised by the government were 'hard to understand…and close to impossible to deliver'.  

The Ministry of Justice suggested that up to 4000 prisoners would be eligible for the ‘end of custody temporary release scheme’ (ECTR) in addition to pregnant women and vulnerable prisoners. To date, only 79 prisoners have been released under the ECTR scheme, in addition to 22 pregnant women and 10 vulnerable prisoners. Following the IAPDC review of prisoner communications, the Advisory Panel has made 10 recommendations, including streamlining the scheme in order to allow for more active steps to be taken in prisons.  

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