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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 Defenders

  • Óglaigh na hEireann (ONH)

 

Don Anderson
+44 (0)28 9181 7930
Mobile UK 0780 3833180

STATISTICS

 

 

31
Jan
02

28
Feb
02

28
Mar
02

25
Apr
02

30
May
02

27
Jun
02

27
Jul
02
29
Aug
02
29
Sept
02
31
Oct
02
29
Nov
02

Applications received

604

605

605

605
605
606 606 606 606 606 606

Applications not eligible

53

53

53

53
53
53 53 53 53 53 53

Applications sent to Respondent

549

549

549

549

549

550 550 550 550 550 550

Responses received from Respondent

549

549

549

549

549

550 550 550 550 550 550

Applications not proceeded with after response received

53

53

53

53

53

53 53 53 53 53 53

Applications withdrawn or lapsed before issue of PI

2

2

2

2
2
2 2 2 2 2 2

Preliminary Indications issued

494

494

494

496
496
496 497 497 497 497 497

Applications withdrawn or lapsed following issue of PI

8

8

8

11
11
11 11 11 11 11 11

Challenges received less withdrawals

31

31

32

29
29
29 30 30 30 30 30

Oral Hearings held

23

23

25

25
25
25 25 25 26 25 25

Substantive Determinations issued

481

481

483

483
483 483 483 483 483 484 484

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27
Dec
01
27
Jan
02
28
Feb
02

Applications received

602 602 603

Applications sent to PSHQ

547 547 547

Responses received from PSHQ

547 547 547

Preliminary Indications issued

493 493 493

Substantive Determinations issued

481 481 481