—because I am very happy about them.
Very quickly, in terms of education, we were at 84.3% at the end of December, versus 71% in 2015-16. For the average number of days from admission to first program, we're at 32 days, and for non-indigenous women it's 31.5 days, so it's about the same. In 2016-17 we've had the highest number of women released on day and full parole, as well as the greatest number of women successfully reaching the end of their sentence. Basically, the average percentage of time served before they get their first release has gone from 43%, which was longer, to 36%, which is good.
In terms of percentage released on day and full parole, we were at 75% at the end of October, and we were at 65% in 2016-17. In the percentage who have reached their warrant expiry date—meaning the end of their sentence—without being readmitted to custody, again we've seen an increase.
I would say it's a combination of things. For both men and women, we're seeing a higher number of them in the community, under supervision. I think it's also because of the programs we have.
I think you've witnessed the work of the staff who work with the offenders, and you'll find that if you visit our institutions or go to our community parole offices, staff are dedicated. They're committed to what they do. They believe in the mandate of the mission, which is actively assisting and encouraging offenders.
What we want and what we believe is that we want them to be better than they were when they came to us. That's why we work with them. We offer them programs and we have elders and chaplains in our institutions. Also, in terms of the review of employment, we're doing that so we can provide them with opportunities so that when they are released, they can get decent pay and can maintain themselves in the community. It's a combination of factors.