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Concerns over early prisoner release

Domestic Abuse Commissioner Nicole Jacobs is worried about government plans to allow inmates to be set free up to 70 days early. The purpose is to ease overcrowding in prisons. But she contends the plan has major implications for domestic abuse survivors.

“Perpetrators … frequently receive short prison sentences and are likely to be among those released early,” she said. “That there has been no consultation and victims’ groups were not even made aware of these changes before their introduction is cause for serious concern. Many victims will not even know that their perpetrator is due for early release. This seriously undermines their ability to plan for their own safety, particularly as we know that perpetrators of domestic abuse often reoffend.”

Jacobs urged the government to exempt those jailed for domestic abuse or stalking from the early-release scheme, and ensure the probation service is funded and staff trained to properly manage domestic abuse perpetrators in order to keep victims safe.

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