Thousands of prisoners are committing crimes after being freed early with electronic tags.
Secret documents seen by the Mirror warn that the early release scheme is near collapse. Figures show 2,215 prisoners were convicted or charged with crimes. Prison chiefs said they included rape, robbery and assault.
At least 12 released prisoners posed "a risk of serious harm" to the public, the Home Office was warned. Another 4,971 prisoners ignored conditions of David Blunkett's Home Detention Curfew scheme to go out at night and weekends.
A senior Prison Service source said: "The Prison Service did not want this and we are now seeing why."