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Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) and the Justice Committee on securing the debate. I thank Members for their contributions, and I say genuinely that almost every one of today’s contributions was constructive, made in good faith and had some merit to it. My hon. Friend set out with characteristic clarity many of the issues that our...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: The Chair of the Select Committee makes an important point about the repatriation of foreign national offenders. He will be aware that the most effective scheme to repatriate foreign offenders is the early release scheme, under which 40,000 foreign national offenders have been moved out of the UK since 2010. Prisoner transfer agreements are also in place but they are a lot more challenging...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, but we need to know what we are looking for, and we need to identify the prisoners who are most likely to have links with organised crime. We now know that about 6,000 prisoners have links with organised crime on the outside and are conduits for drugs into our prisons, and that allows us to be far more effective in what we are doing to combat...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: The hon. Gentleman is being unfair. Recruiting more staff, investing in intelligence and technology, rolling out a drugs strategy, introducing an urgent notification process, giving more power to the inspectorate—all these things will solve the issues in our prison. I hear him on the Scrubs—I admit that there are deep-seated challenges there—but prisons are, always have been...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: I can confirm that we are very alive in looking for legislative opportunities to do exactly what my hon. Friend says. He will be aware that where there are other avenues, such as private Members’ Bills—one to enable us to switch off mobile phones is going through the House now—to make practical progress, we are doing so. We must break the ongoing cycle of reoffending that...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: I confirm the invitation to my hon. Friend to be a judge in the prison gardening competition, at her convenience—the invitation is open.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reoffending Rates: Custom House Building (5 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Accommodation is the foundation of preventing reoffending. Currently around 30% of people leave prison without a stable home to go to, and that is why my right hon. Friend the Justice Secretary has made employment on release and accommodation for offenders a key priority of our prison reform programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reoffending Rates: Custom House Building (5 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: I would be delighted to meet my hon. Friend to listen to whatever creative solutions he can bring to the long-standing problem of accommodation for offenders.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reoffending Rates: Custom House Building (5 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: The hon. Lady makes a very important point. As I said in response to the previous question, this is a priority for us. We are looking at expanding bail accommodation and support services to include lower risk offenders, utilising spare MOJ capacity, expanding our approved premises programme, and working very closely with other Government Departments, such as the Department for Communities and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reoffending Rates: Custom House Building (5 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: My hon. Friend is pre-empting our employment strategy, which we will announce very soon. He will be aware of the New Futures Network, which the Justice Secretary announced at party conference. This will bring together employers and ex-offenders to help to create employment on release. The construction sector is a key sector and he will be hearing more from us in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Reoffending Rates: Custom House Building (5 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Of course we want to reduce reoffending. The presumption in this country is against prison. It is up to the judiciary to sentence how they see fit. We want to make sure that there are appropriate interventions in the community and we are looking at that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisons: Drones (5 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: The organised criminals who use drones to smuggle drugs and phones are a major threat to the stability and safety of our prisons. We are taking decisive steps to tackle that threat through joint intelligence-led operations with law enforcement agencies to identify and disrupt the individuals involved.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisons: Drones (5 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: My hon. Friend is right to highlight the importance of not just stopping contraband coming into prisons, but stopping the organised crime networks that are behind that. The specialist staff in our regional and national intelligence teams are transforming the way in which we work with the police to that end. We have launched Operation Trenton, in which a specialist team of police and Prison...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prisons: Mobile Telephones (5 Dec 2017)

Sam Gyimah: Illicit phones erode the barrier that prison walls used to place between prisoners and the community. They can be used to harass victims and to support the trade in contraband that, as we know, drives violence and self-harm. We are working with law enforcement partners to identify and disrupt the organised crime networks that supply phones and other illicit items to prisons. For example, our...


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