Prisons in ParliamentPosted: October 26, 2015
Andrew Selous on the witness stand this week: it’s question time for prisons
Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here.
Transforming rehabilitation after prison
What steps are Community Rehabilitation Companies are taking to engage with local charities to prevent reoffending? Asked Andrew Smith (Labour),
Andrew Selous, Under-Secretary of State for Justice, said:
“19 out of the 21 CRC’s are being run with assistance from staff mutual or VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) and all contracted probation providers have included VCSE organisations in their supply chains”.
The Independent Parole Board
Ben Howlett (Conservative) asked what progress had been made in arranging for the release of prisoners sentenced to imprisonment for public protection.
Mr Selous said it was a matter for the independent Parole Board “to decide whether prisoners may be effectively managed in the community”.
“Starring up” in prisons
Jenny Chapman asked how many under 18s had been moved to an adult estate before their 18th birthday, otherwise known as being starred up, over the last five years.
Andrew Selous said the practice was only used in “exceptional circumstances”.
- 2011 – 5
- 2012 – 1
- 2013 – 2
- 2014 – 1
Meals in prison
Are meals for prisoners nutritionally adequate? Jim Cunningham (Labour) called for a statement.
Andrew Selous said the responsibility lies with NOMS
“NOMS recognises the importance of a balanced diet through regular meals and the major contribution this makes to the physical, mental and social wellbeing of prisoners”
See the full guidelines for meal provision in prison here.
Mental Health provision in prisons
Will mental health provision in prisons be reviewed? Asked Baroness Fookes.
Lord Prior of Brampton acknowledged that inadequate provision should be addressed.
“People with mental health problems in prison should be entitled to the same care as people who are not in prison, and the extent to which that is not the case should be addressed, It is an issue that I will certainly take up”