Prisons in Parliament

Teen inmates at Cookham Wood YOI lose out on 10 hours of education a week


At Rainsbrook inmates get 17 hours out of the 27 minimum requirement. Source: Daryl Mitchell.


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…



Education in prison

What is the average amount of time a prisoner spends on education or work-related activities at secure training centres and young offenders institutions? Asked Andrew Slaughter, Shadow Minister for Justice.

Since August 2015 young offenders institutions (YOIs) have been required to provide 27 hours of education a week and three hours of physical education. However since August 2015, none of the YOIs have reached that requirement. Cookham Wood on average provided only 17 hours of education.


Number of hours spent in education:

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Employment after release

Andrew Selous, Under Secretary of State for Justice, said he was committed to improving education and employment after release for offenders.

Helen Jones pointed out that the shortage of prison officers restricts capacity to provide education and training. She called for a report on staffing.

“Will he commission a report from within the Department on the impact of staff shortages on prisoners’ education and employment, given that, as many have pointed out, the best way of ensuring that people do not reoffend is to get them into jobs?”

Andrew Selous said that last year the number of prison officers rose by 440 staff. He didn’t respond to the call for a staffing report.


G4S fines

How many times as G4S been fined over the last five years? Asked Andrew Slaughter.

Andrew Selous, said the total number of G4S fines couldn’t be collected because of the cost. However he did say that at Medway training Secure Training Centre there had been two fines over the last five years and at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre one. All for operational failings.

All fines imposed on private prisons can be found here.

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