In England, as in the US, there is a dearth of prison space for inmates, so people are being let out early. As in the US as well, sometimes the people let free early should not have been. But, that's not the point of this article.
What is the point is that these people are let out of jail early because there's no room for them... yet they are being given the money it would have cost to keep them in jail.
Where is the savings in that? (There is none. 5 million pounds have been given to these criminals. Better than spending 5 million pounds on them in jail? No, because many of them simply reoffend when they get out, so they can be sent back to cushy prison, while the people they've harmed are left to try to recover as best they can.)
One would have thought that when criminals get out of jail, they return to their families and get on with their lives through local programs to help them. But to be "recompensed" for not being in jail any more? That's downright ludicrous!