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Discharge Grant to be raised for early release prisoners

It has been reported that there will be an increase to the “Discharge Grant” given to prisoners upon release.

Lucy Frazer QC MP indicated in answers to the Commons Justice Committee that prisoners being released early due to the current Coronavirus situation will receive £80 rather than the usual £46.

It was also indicated that those who met the criteria for early release may also be issued with a mobile phone to allow them to remain in contact with their offender managers, and also to claim universal credit via a telephone hotline.

However, speaking on April 14th, fully ten days after the government announced the scheme, Frazer indicated that up to that point only four prisoners had actually benefited from this.

It is expected however that more releases will be taking place over the next few weeks.