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PM says no sex offenders part of early prison release schemebut prisoner 'risk to children' released

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Published Time: 15.05.2024 - 16:40:49 Modified Time: 15.05.2024 - 16:40:49

Wednesday 15 May 2024 1316, UKRishi Sunak has claimed nobody convicted of a serious violent offencesuch as a sex offencehas been let out of prison early to relieve pressure despite a report saying a criminal deemed "a risk to children" has been released

Wednesday 15 May 2024 13:16, UK

Rishi Sunak has claimed nobody convicted of a serious violent offencesuch as a sex offencehas been let out of prison early to relieve pressure despite a report saying a criminal deemed "a risk to children" has been released.

During Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Sunak was accused by Sir Keir Starmer of being weak on crime as the Labour leader quoted a report released this week from Lewes Prison which found a high-risk prisoner had his release date brought forward under the scheme.

But the prime minister said: "As I've said, no one should be put on this scheme if they are a threat to the country.

"And let me be crystal clear, it does not apply and it makes absolutely it does not apply to anyone serving a life sentence.

"Anyone convicted of a serious violent offence, anyone convicted of terrorism, anyone convicted of a sex offence, and crucially, in contrast to the system that Labour had put in place, governors and the prison service have an absolute lock so that no one is put on this scheme who shouldn't be."

The End of Custody Supervised Licence (ECSL) scheme allows prisoners to be released early to free up prison space. Those guilty of serious offences are not eligible for early release.

The report on East Sussex's Lewes prison, by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: "In one case, a high-risk prisoner had his release date brought forward under the ECSL scheme, despite having a history of stalking, domestic abuse and being subject to a restraining order.

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