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EXCLUSIVE - LICENSED TO KILL: The shocking number of killings carried out by criminals released early from prison

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An exclusive Granada Reports investigation has revealed the shocking number of killings carried out by criminals who've been released early from prison.

In one part of Greater Manchester alone, over the past three years, three offenders have committed murder or manslaughter after they'd been released into the community to serve the rest of their sentence on licence.

The families of two of those victims claim they've been failed by the system that was supposed to protect them.

The Probation Service Union says their members have passed breaking point and mistakes are being made.

This exclusive investigation comes from our correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue.

Serious further offences are rare and fewer than 0.5% of offenders released on licence are charged with serious further offences.

Nonetheless, every single serious further offence is taken extremely seriously and in all cases a review is carried out to identify any lessons for the better management of future offenders on licence.

– HM Prison and Probation spokesperson