Recalling conditionally released prisoners in England and Wales

  • Nicola Padfield (senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Contact: Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge CB3 0DG; email:

This article explores the recent enormous increase in the number of prisoners recalled each year to prison in England and Wales: prisoners who had previously been released, either automatically or on the direction of the Parole Board. It explores law and practice, focusing in the analysis on pre-release processes, the process of recall and on the prisoner’s journey towards re-release. Having considered the role of the Parole Board and of the executive more generally, the paper concludes that there should be a review of whether „sentence review courts‟ would work better to encourage offenders to earn their way out of prison and off supervision.

Keywords: Prisoners, England and Wales, Conditional release, Recall, Parole

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