Prisons in Parliament – 11 January

Self-harm and temporary release in the spotlight this week

Home for Christmas is harder than ever. (Source, JLS Photography)


Prisons in Parliament is back!  Keeping you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What has been said and by whom? Find out here…


Self-harm and suicide in prisons

How many incidents of self-harm and suicide have there been each year since 2010 for prisoners on remand? Asked Luciana Berger.

Andrew Selous said incidents of self harm have fallen since 2010.

“Every death in custody is a tragedy, and we are committed to reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths and self-harm incidents in prisons… All prisons are required to have procedures in place to identify, manage and support people who are at risk of harm to themselves”


 The stats in full

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Prison population

What projections are there for the prison population over the next 12 months and what capacity does the prison estate have? Asked Andrew Slaughter.

“We will always ensure there are enough prison places for those who are sentenced to custody by the courts. Decisions on the number of places required will depend on population trends and projections over the coming years.” Said Andrew Selous.



Prisoners home for Christmas

What offences were committed by prisoners on temporary release over Christmas? Asked Philip Davies. 

Andrew Selous said it is now harder than ever for prisoners to gain temporary release to be with family over Christmas and that incidents of crime, when they are released, have fallen.

“We have tightened the rules on temporary release… Release on Temporary Licence is not automatic. Release must be justified in terms of the offender’s sentence plan and particular care is taken in considering applications for temporary release at Christmas. Last year, 98% of prisoners remained in prison on Christmas Day.”



Serious incident response in prison

How many times has the Prison Service Gold Command opened each month since May 2010; and what was the nature of each incident that caused it to be opened? Asked Andrew Slaughter.

“Gold Command is opened in order to deal with incidents as quickly and safely as possible. Not all incidents turn out to be serious, but all incidents are regarded as potentially serious at the point of Gold being opened up.” Said Andrew Selous.

For a full round down of all instances where Gold Command has been opened, click here. 

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