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LATEST STATISTICS

 

RECALL OF RELEASED PRISONERS


Main Points

Only the Secretary of State can suspend a released prisoner's licence.

He may do so if he believes the released prisoner has broken or is likely to break a condition of his licence.

The licence conditions are:

(a) that he does not support a specified organisation;
(b) that he does not become concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism;
(c) and, for life sentence prisoners, that he does not become a danger to the public.

Once a released prisoner's licence has been suspended by the Secretary of State, the Commissioners have to consider his case on receipt of an application from him.

If the Commissioners think that the released prisoner has not broken, and is not likely to break, the conditions of his licence, they will confirm his licence (to remain free): otherwise they will revoke it.

In the Act, 'terrorism' means the use of violence for political ends and includes any use of violence for the purpose of putting the public or any section of the public in fear.

The Secretary of State is required to specify by Order any organisation which he believes;

(a) is concerned in terrorism connected with the affairs of Northern Ireland or in promoting or encouraging it, and

(b) has not established or is not maintaining a complete and unequivocal ceasefire.

Organisations currently specified:

  • The Continuity Irish Republican Army
  • The Loyalist Volunteer Force
  • “The Orange Volunteers”
  • The “Real” Irish Republican Army
  • The Red Hand Commando
  • The Red Hand Defenders
  • The Ulster Volunteer Force

Don Anderson
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Mobile UK 0780 3833180

SRC Stats

Statistics now issued annually.

Jun

Sep

Dec

Mar

Total

2005-2006

Total

1998- 2006

Applications received

0

1

2

1

4

615

Applications not eligible

0

0

0

0

0

53

Applications sent to respondent

0

1

2

0

3

559

Responses received

0

1

2

0

3

559

Applications not proceeded with after response received

0

0

1

0

1

54

Applications withdrawn before issue of preliminary indication

0

0

0

0

0

2

Preliminary indications issued

0

1

0

1

2

503

Applications withdrawn after issue of preliminary indication

0

0

0

0

0

12

Challenges received (less those subsequently withdrawn)

0

0

0

1

1

36

Oral hearings held

1

1

0

1

3

32

Applications withdrawn or lapsed following oral hearing

0

0

0

0

0

2

Substantive determinations issued

1

1

1

0

3

488

Applications under consideration at period end

3

3

3

4

 

Jun

Sep

Dec

Mar

Total so far 05/6

Applications received

0

1

1

Applications not eligible

0

0

0

Applications sent to respondent

0

1

1

Responses received

0

1

1

Applications not proceeded with after response received

0

0

0

Applications withdrawn before issue of preliminary indication

0

0

0

Preliminary indications issued

0

1

1

Applications withdrawn after issue of preliminary indication

0

0

0

Challenges received (less those subsequently withdrawn)

0

0

0

Oral hearings held

1

1

2

Applications withdrawn or lapsed following oral hearing

0

0

0

Substantive determinations issued

1

1

2

Applications under consideration

 

Jun

Sep

Dec

Mar

Total

2004 -2005

Total

1998- 2005

Applications received

0

3

1

0

4

611

Applications not eligible

0

0

0

0

0

53

Applications sent to respondent

0

3

1

0

4

556

Responses received

0

3

1

0

4

556

Applications not proceeded with after response received

0

0

0

0

0

53

Applications withdrawn before issue of preliminary indication

0

0

0

0

0

2

Preliminary indications issued

0

1

2

1

4

501

Applications withdrawn after issue of preliminary indication

0

0

1

0

1

12

Challenges received (less those subsequently withdrawn)

0

2

0

1

3

35

Oral hearings held

0

1

0

1

2

29

Applications withdrawn or lapsed following oral hearing

0

1

0

1

2

2

Substantive determinations issued

1

0

0

0

1

485

         

Applications under consideration

3

5

5

4