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S5W-07189: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been released from prison in each of the last five years, broken down by the day of week of their release.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 March 2017

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:

The following table details the number of people who have been liberated from a Scottish Prison in each of the last 5 years, broken down by the day on which they were released from custody.

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Monday

2032

1805

1738

1653

1469

186

Tuesday

1914

2062

1885

1743

1689

186

Wednesday

1981

1864

2038

1817

1742

190

Thursday

2107

1950

1844

2014

1678

185

Friday

4887

4621

4306

3971

4073

457

This data excludes Liberation to Court movements for untried prisoners and is based solely on Liberations of convicted prisoners.

The higher liberation numbers recorded on a Friday are attributed to the Prisoner and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 which provides that where a prisoner’s release date falls on a weekend or public holiday it may be moved forward to avoid release on these days.