DOZENS of violent and prolific offenders have been released from prison early to help solve the overcrowding crisis.
A study of 61 convicts freed in the first few days of the government’s early release scheme shows that 19 – almost one in three – had convictions for violence.
The new figures undermine claims by Lord Falconer, the then justice secretary, who told parliament last month that the early release of up to 25,000 prisoners would “exclude offenders convicted of serious sexual or violent crimes”.
The releases came after the number of inmates in England and Wales reached 81,040 – up by more than a third since Labour came to power, mainly because of tougher laws with longer sentences.
Violent inmates set free early