Results 261–280 of 2262 for speaker:Alex Chalk

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Berwyn Prison: Drugs (17 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: HMP Berwyn has benefited from the £100 million investment in prisons security announced by the Government in August 2019, receiving one of the new X-ray body scanners that have been installed at 51 prisons across England and Wales. These have detected drugs and contraband that fuel crime in prisons, and which have resulted in over 4800 positive identifications nationally. HMP Berwyn’s drug...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Wales (17 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: Due to the nature of the populations, HMP Parc, HMP Berwyn and HMP Usk are the only prisons in Wales where accredited programmes are delivered. We routinely publish figures for delivery of accredited programmes, including completions in custody by establishment. These are available in the HMPPS Annual Digest, the most recent of which can be found in Chapter 6 at the following link:...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Berwyn Prison: Prison Officers (17 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The breakdown of frontline operational staff deployed in each prison block and the Care and Separation Unit at HMP Berwyn by years’ experience is provided below: Area Under 1 Years’ Service (as at 15th June 2021) 1-2 Years’ Service (as at 15th June 2021) Alwen 22 25 Bala 18 20 Ceiriog 12 16 Care and Separation Unit 0 0

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Parole Board: Meetings (17 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: It is a statutory requirement under the terms of the current Parole Board Rules for all hearings to be heard in private. That gives the Parole Board no flexibility to consider holding a public hearing even where that may be justified in all the particular circumstances of the case. In February, following a public consultation last year, the Government announced its intention to amend the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Offenders: Hyperactivity (16 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We are committed to improving the interaction that individuals with neurodivergent conditions have with the criminal justice system (CJS), and we are exploring what improvements can be made. An independent call for evidence on neurodiversity has been completed and the findings are expected to be reported in the summer. This will enable us to understand current practices and how we can improve...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Berwyn Prison: Crimes of Violence (14 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We routinely publish figures for assaults by establishment as part of the Safety in Custody statistics. These statistical bulletins include breakdowns (at prison level) for prisoner-on-prisoner assault and prisoner-on-staff assault, including by serious assaults. They are available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-q uarterly-update-to-december-2020

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Berwyn Prison: Safety (14 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: Ensuring the safety of staff and prisoners is a key priority and we continue to prioritise giving all staff the tools and training needed to help them to improve safety outcomes. HMP Berwyn has continued to support the delivery of safer prisons work throughout the pandemic. This has included launching an intervention programme to address violence for prisoners involved in a number of violent...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: North Sea Camp Prison: Telephone Services (14 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice welcomes HMIP’s scrutiny visit report, published on 2 June, and takes the concerns raised seriously. The Inspectorate found improvements over the course of the pandemic and since their last report, but we recognise there is more to do. We remain committed to the expansion of Approved Premises through the delivery of an additional 200 bed placements. The Approved...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: High Security Hospitals and Prisons: Mental Health (14 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Royal Holloway University’s report has rightly recognised that the Covid-19 pandemic has created an incredibly challenging working environment for prison staff. Ensuring that all staff that work in our prisons are well supported and able to thrive at work has long been, and remains, a high priority for the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). On 21 March...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Taxation (14 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We do not hold data on the reoffending impact of tax debts accrued as a result of a lack of effective communication with HMRC after a person is taken into custody. We are aware anecdotally, however, of problem debt among the prison population and of a possible relationship between debt and further offending. This includes both licit debts owed to creditors and illicit debts owed to criminals...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Mental Illness (11 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: This government takes the mental health needs of prisoners very seriously and to keep them safe and well, prison officers must have the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer support, alongside healthcare professionals. Improved mental health awareness training has been developed as part of Prison Officer Entry Level Training and refresher training for existing staff. We are currently...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Foston Hall Prison: Pregnancy (7 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: We do not currently publish pregnancy data routinely. As part of our fundamental review of policy relating to mothers and expectant mothers in prison, we have committed to providing national pregnancy data in future. Further information on the review, including our findings and resulting reforms regarding data collection, can be found in our summary report published in July 2020:...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: Females (1 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: A total of around £54 million has been allocated to women’s services to address their specific needs and the underlying causes of their crimes as part of the Government’s pledge to see fewer women go to prison. Contracts worth over £45 million have already been awarded with women’s services procured at Police and Crime Commissioner level in 10 of the 12 probation regions. This...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences: Females (1 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: The table below shows for each quarter the average (mean) number of months, women who were released in that quarter, served in prison including on remand. Quarter Jan-March 2020 April-June 2020 July-September 2020 October-December 2020 Mean time served including remand in months 6.6 8.3 9.1 8.1 Source: Prison releases October to December 2020, Table 3.2i. The Female...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Accommodation: Females (1 Jun 2021)

Alex Chalk: There are six Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) across the women’s prison estate located at HMP Askham Grange, HMP Bronzefield, HMP Eastwood Park, HMP New Hall, HMP Peterborough and HMP Styal. MBUs are a national resource and enable mothers to maintain a bond with their children during an important period in their development and aim to reduce the negative impact imprisonment can have on young...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Reoffenders: Children (28 May 2021)

Alex Chalk: The government is committed to preventing offending by children, in line with the principal aim of the youth justice system as set out in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) are a central part of the multi-agency work to realise this aim. YOTs support children on the cusp of offending and those who have already offended, addressing the causes of their behaviour and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences: Erith and Thamesmead (28 May 2021)

Alex Chalk: For prisons in Erith and Thamesmead constituency (HM Prisons Isis, Belmarsh and Thameside), as at 31 March 2021: (a) 1,347 people were serving prison sentences; (b) 28 of these were serving Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences, of which: (i) 28 were post-tariff; (ii) 22 of which had been recalled; and (iii) 8 of the recalled prisoners were recalled solely for reasons other than...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release (27 May 2021)

Alex Chalk: Under section 244 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 most prisoners sentenced to a standard determinate sentence are required to be released at the half-way point, with the remainder served on licence. Most prisoners serve standard determinate sentences (SDS). Until recently, this meant that they were released automatically at the half-way point of the sentence, regardless of the nature of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation (26 May 2021)

Alex Chalk: Contracts for delivery of Education, Training & Employment, Accommodation, Personal Wellbeing, and Women’s services have been awarded in Wales and in 10 out of 11 probation regions through four waves of procurement activity over the last 9 months. This initial range of services has been commissioned nationally. After probation services are unified on 26 June 2021, commissioning...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: Public Appointments (26 May 2021)

Alex Chalk: All of the Heads of Community Integration for probation regions will be in place by the point probation services are unified on 26 June 2021. 11 of the 13 posts have been filled with the remaining 2 scheduled to be filled before 26 June. The successful candidates have been drawn from both the National Probation Service (NPS) and Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and from local...


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