Nacro Comments: Prisons Early Release Extension to 70 Days
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Nacro Comments: Prisons Early Release Extension to 70 Days

Nacro comments on the Government extension their prisons’ early release scheme to allow people to leave prison up to 70 days before the end of their sentence.

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On 23 May, the Government will extend their prisons’ early release scheme to allow people to leave prison up to 70 days before the end of their sentence. This is in an effort to ease overcrowding and free up prison spaces in a system currently running at 110% of capacity.

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Nacro, comments: “The prisons’ crisis is a failure decades in the making, that’s growing on a daily basis. Whilst it is vital something is done to ease pressure on the overflowing prisons system. It must be well managed, risk assessed and properly resourced.

“We’ve heard from our services that in the early days of the scheme, people were being told that morning they were getting out of prison. Even now the organisations supporting people on release are only hearing a few days in advance of someone coming out. This makes it extremely difficult to arrange housing, benefits, and medication on release. Because people don’t have these basics in place, we are setting people up to fail and as a result some are being recalled back to prison before their original release date. This is not good for anyone – victims, the public or people leaving prison.”