Prisons in Parliament

Answers for Medway and contraband items revealed


Kent Police are not investigating Medway YOI after BBC Panorama. Image: BBC

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


Abuse at Medway secure training centre

Michael Gove made a statement this week in light of the Panorama investigation into child abuse at Medway Secure training centre in Kent

“It must be stressed that investigative reporting is vital to keeping government honest, and I am grateful to the BBC for the work it has undertaken.

We must treat these allegations with the utmost seriousness. Kent police and the Medway child protection team are now investigating matters on the basis of information shared with them by the BBC, and the police will decide in due course whether criminal charges should be brought.”

If you missed the Panorama, catch up here.



The cycle of reoffending

What proportion of released prisoners reoffended within 18 days? Asked Andrew Selous.

Andrew Selous said more needs to be done to reduce reoffending and rehabilitate prisoners:

“In 2013, 8.6% of all released prisoners (adult and juvenile prisoners combined) were subsequently convicted for offences committed in the first 18 days after release.

Our prison system needs reform. It fails to rehabilitate or make sure criminals are prevented from offending again.”



Mobile phones in prison

How many mobile phones have been detected in prison since 2010, and in which prisons? Asked Andrew Slaughter.

Andrew Selous said he is looking into new ways to eliminate mobile phones in prisons:

“Mobile phones have no place in our prisons and we have invested in technology to prevent their use. But more needs to be done, and we will look at new ways of finding and blocking them.”

For a full rundown of how many phones have been found in each prison, click here.



Alcohol in prison

How much illicitly-brewed alcohol was seized in prisons in each of the last 10 years? Asked Andrew Stephenson. 

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Table 1: Finds of alcohol in prisons in England and Wales, 2005 to 2014


Andrew Selous said there are measures in place to find and prevent alcohol in prison:

“The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has in place a comprehensive range of security measures and searching techniques to detect items of contraband including alcohol, to prevent smuggling into prisons. In addition we use specially trained dogs to detect illicit alcohol.”

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