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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation (19 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: The great majority of Quality & Impact Reports by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation have commented favourably on the performance of the National Probation Service (NPS). We recognise that staff shortages in certain parts of the country have resulted in high caseloads in those areas. The NPS is addressing this via a major recruitment campaign and is on target to recruit around...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: Meetings (19 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Information on meeting venues is not collected centrally and could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost. In any case where a venue outside the probation estate is being considered, the offender manager is required to make an assessment, to determine whether the venue is appropriate.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: Meetings (19 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: In her report, the Chief Inspector of Probation found that the work of probation services in Cumbria was good, with exceptional practice at the CRC, and that the work of the CRC was the best they had seen since the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. We recognise that it is important that offenders and probation staff can meet in an environment appropriate for their specific needs, and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: Gloucestershire (19 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: There is a contractual mechanism for dealing with recommendations made in HM Inspectorate of Probation reports and, as a result, Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) are required to prepare action plans to address the issues raised. Contract Management Teams give high priority to ensuring that those plans are followed through, and ensure that those actions are successful in addressing...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (18 Oct 2017)

Justice: Work of the Parole Board. 10:00 am; The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Professor Nick Hardwick, Chair, and Martin Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Parole Board for England and Wales Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation, Ministry of Justice

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: We have made changes to how CRCs are paid for future years so they can focus on activities that best rehabilitate offenders and keep society safe. This additional investment will see projected payments to providers being no higher than originally budgeted for at the time of the reforms. Any business case for additional funding for Community Rehabilitation Companies contains commercially...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Community Rehabilitation Companies: Finance (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) received additional funding which totalled £37.15m in the 2016/17 financial year. CRCs also received an interim uplift which totalled £22m in the early months of the 2017/18 financial year. These payments were made for a variety of reasons and cannot be broken down by CRC because the information is commercially sensitive. Furthermore,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Administration of Justice (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Successful joint working between the probation service and judges, magistrates and other key partners is vital to ensure that we not only keep people safe by ensuring offenders receive the most appropriate sentence, but help offenders turn away from a life of crime by ensuring they have the correct levels of supervision and support. The National Sentencer and Probation Forum has the primary...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Training (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) already have a wide range of learning resources, including face to face courses in specialist areas such as Offender Management, Safer Custody, Use of Force, Hostage Negotiator and Intelligence. The content of all HMPPS’ learning programmes is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect policy and legislative changes and the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Training (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Initial training of newly recruited prison officers begins with a 12-week Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) course. This provides new officers with a foundation level of training in all core skill areas including interpersonal skills, mental health awareness, equality, violence reduction and safer custody, alongside the more traditional security awareness and practical skills needed...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: We remain committed to continuing to reform our prison framework to make prisons places of safety and reform. Although neither measure was included in the Queen’s Speech our priorities can be delivered without legislation. The statutory purpose for prisons set out what the prison system should seek to achieve. This remains what the whole system is working towards: protecting the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: The Ministry of Justice resource and capital budget for major (centrally funded) investment in existing prison buildings for 2017/18 is £93.7m. The Government stated its ambition for the prison estate transformation programme in the November 2016 Prison Safety and Reform White Paper, which set out that we want a prison estate that is less crowded, better organised, and that is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Radicalism (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: HMPPS delivers a number of interventions to promote desistance and dis-engagement from extremism. These interventions include psychological and theological approaches. The effectiveness of these and other measures to combat extremism continues to be kept under review. New programmes and approaches to de-radicalisation are developed where necessary in order to ensure our response remains...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Electronic Tagging: Standards (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: G4S provide electronic monitoring hardware (tags and home monitoring units) under contract, to the Ministry of Justice, having ceased delivery of field services and monitoring operations in early 2014, when the contract was transferred to Capita. On 27 June 2017 G4S were awarded preferred bidder status for the next generation electronic monitoring hardware contract, with Capita continuing to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Suicide (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Statistics on deaths in custody in England and Wales are published quarterly. The latest statistics (up to June 2017) were published on 27 July and are available at: statistics Every death in custody is a tragedy, and we are redoubling our efforts to make prisons places of safety for those at risk. A Prison Safety Programme is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Publications (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: HM Prison and Probation Service’s (HMPPS) Public Protection Manual (Prison Service Instruction 18/2016) explains which materials are seen as inappropriate for prisoners to have in their possession. The Manual contains a list of publications that are restricted for public protection purposes. This list of materials is not exhaustive given the ongoing process of identification, assessment...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Rehabilitation (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Assisting offenders to secure suitable accommodation upon their release is a vital part of the Government’s approach to reducing reoffending and is especially important for those who struggle with substance misuse. Through the commencement of the Homelessness Reduction Act (2017), Prisons and Probation providers will be subject to the new duty to refer to the local housing authority...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Construction (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Prison Site Distance (m) from centre of prison1 Rochester 330 Hindley 166 Full Sutton2 531 1 Distance from estimated centre of prison. 2 Distance taken from centre of identified agricultural field.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Wales (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: The Ministry of Justice has had a number of discussions with relevant stakeholders relating to the development of the Baglan site in Port Talbot. Specifically, consultants, on behalf of the department, have been in contact with Natural Resource Wales to confirm the re-classification of the Baglan site from a C2 to a C1 classified site. (A C2 classified zone is described as areas of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Discrimination (18 Oct 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Our current policies allow for prisons to review and analyse trends at a local level. We are looking at our prisoner complaint processes including those relating to equality or discrimination issues in light of the recommendations of the Lammy Review into Race in the Criminal Justice System.

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