Former politician Chris Huhne described prison as a "humbling and sobering experience", after he and ex-wife Vicky Pryce were released.
Former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce have both been jailed for eight months over the speeding points scandal.
The ex-wife of former MP Chris Huhne was today found guilty of perverting the course of justice by taking his speeding points a decade ago.
Vicky Pryce has been freed from East Sutton Park prison in Kent after serving a quarter of an eight-month jail term for taking speeding points for her ex-husband, former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne.
For sentences under a year, an offender is automatically released after serving half their sentence.
In addition, offenders serving sentences of between three months and four years, with certain exceptions for violent and sexual offenders, may also be eligible for release on a home detention curfew (HDC).
This allows an offender to be released up to 135 days before their automatic release date.Electronic tagging is used to enforce either a timed curfew or a place of residence.
Both Huhne and Pryce are expected to return to their separate homes in London.
The Independent newspaper reports that Vicky Pryce, who is due to be released from prison, has spent her time inside writing her book.
Sources told the newspaper her work would focus on "telling her side of the story."
Disgraced former MP Chris Huhne and his wife Vicky Pryce are expected to be released from prison today.
They both began eight-month sentences eight weeks ago after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.
Pryce took three speeding points for Huhne a decade ago. The former energy secretary, who denied his guilt for two years, failed in attempts to get his case dismissed, only pleading guilty on the first day of trial while economist Pryce, 60, was convicted after a retrial.
- Chris Huhne faces a hefty legal bill from the case
- The CPS is pursuing him for the cost of his prosecution as well as for his efforts to get the case thrown out
- The 58-year-old, who denied his guilt for two years, only pleaded guilty on the first day of trial
- Vicky Pryce was convicted after a retrial
Former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce are set to find out today how much of the legal bill they will have to pay for their prosecution for points-swapping. More than £100,000 was spent by prosecutors pursuing the former couple.
The ex-Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister was jailed earlier this month after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice for asking his wife to take speeding points for him in 2003.
The 58-year-old served his first week at HMP Wandsworth, in south London, but has now been moved to HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire for the remainder of his eight month term, the report stated.
The Category D jail is described on the Ministry of Justice website as somewhere that prisoners can "assume more responsibility and benefit from opportunities to make decisions for themselves before returning to the outside community".
In a letter to the Conservative MP David Burrowes, the Attorney General said he would not refer the Huhne and Pryce sentences because he did not "think that the Court would increase them."
The Attorney General has rejected the call by Conservative MP David Burrowes to appeal the sentences of Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce for being unduly lenient:
The Tory MP David Burrowes, who qrote to Dominic Grieve has tweeted that he respects the decision:
The disgraced former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne was allegedly mocked by a prison officer on his first day at Wandsworth jail, the Sun reports.
According to the newspaper, the officer announced on the Tannoy system: "The right honourable member for Wandsworth North — down to the office".
Fellow inmates are said to have reacted with laughter as Mr Huhne left his cell to pick up his morning meal.
The newspaper also reported that the Justice Ministry declined to say whether an inquiry would be launched into the alleged incident.
Mr Huhne was sentenced to an eight month jailed sentence along with his ex-wife Vicky Pryce for perverting the course of justice over a speeding points scandal.