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Prison releases

47,014 Prison releases from custodial sentences in 2021

In 2021 there were 46,493 releases from determinate sentences, and 521 from indeterminate sentences (IPP). 

Year on year (2020-2021) the number of male offenders released from determinate jail sentences fell by 11%, whilst the number of female offenders released fell by 15%. 

There is a slight upwards trend in the length of time served behind bars, which Restore Justice sees as a positive, as it is better for public protection and ensuring that victims get better justice, whilst some offenders have a better chance to be rehabilitated rather than quickly released.  

Releases from determinate and indeterminate sentences 2015 - 2018, by age group

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Average time served in prison for those released from life sentences, 2015 - 2018, by gender

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