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WORLD TODAY: No checks' on abusers.

PRISONERS with a history of domestic violence are still being awarded early release, a year after the problem was first highlighted, it was claimed today.

The probation union Napo said not enough checks were carried out on inmates being freed up to 18 days early under the "end of custody licence" scheme. Harry Fletcher, Napo assistant general secretary, said: "Men convicted of domestic violence are being let out without any accommodation check and returning to their partners' addresses."

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: "Just 1% of those released on ECL have been notified to us as committing offences during the ECL period. Prisoners with a current conviction for serious violent offences are specifically excluded from ECL.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2008
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