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Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Powers of Attorney: Repayments (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Department estimates that around 675,000 applicants out of our original estimate of one million, have not applied for a refund. At its launch in 2018 the scheme was announced on GOV.UK and promoted through media and stakeholder channels. Solicitors, Will writers, financial organisations and third sector organisations were encouraged to use their channels to promote the refund scheme and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice is committed to meeting and protecting the needs of all vulnerable offenders, including those with neurodivergent needs such as impairments due to traumatic brain injuries (ABIs). In the Sentencing White Paper ‘A Smarter Approach to Sentencing’, the Department committed to a National Staff Training Toolkit on Neurodiversity. This will aim to improve our staff’s...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders: Rehabilitation (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: In the youth estate, the delivery and access to education is a statutory requirement for all children in custody and a key element of the youth custody provision. Work is currently under way to commission a new education service for under-18 Young Offenders Institutions (YOIs) in England to improve the learning outcomes for children in YOIs by supporting the integration of custody, education...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences: Special Educational Needs (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: his information could only be collated at disproportionate cost. The Ministry of Justice has published a one-off piece of analysis in collaboration with the Department for Education on understanding the educational background of offenders. The analysis compares the genders in a matched young offender cohort, broken down by sentencing disposal, educational attainment, pupil characteristics...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Housing (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: As part of our commitment to eliminate rough sleeping, we are working across Government, with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the Welsh Government and other Government Departments, to address the barriers offenders face in securing suitable accommodation. On 28 July 2021, the Government announced allocations for the Accommodation for Ex-Offenders scheme,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Remand in Custody (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Only those who pose the highest risk to the public or are likely to abscond are held on remand. Extensions to normal custody time limits must be approved by independent judges and defendants have the right to apply for bail. At the same time, courts are continuing to prioritise remand hearings and the most urgent cases to protect the public. Our investment in more Nightingale courtrooms and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Drugs (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Project ADDER is a Home Office, Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England initiative which will test an intensive whole system approach in the community to tackling drug use in locations hardest hit by drug misuse, alongside national activity to disrupt the middle market supply of drugs. NHS England and NHSE Improvement (NHSE/I) are responsible for commissioning...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Rehabilitation (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) continue to work with prisoners serving indeterminate sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) to offer them opportunities to reduce their identified risks. The latest published national figures at the end of June 2021 show the unreleased IPP population standing at 1,722, which is a reduction from 1,969 at the end of June 2020 and the 6,000...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Independent Monitoring Boards: Inspections (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Independent Monitoring Boards have always been encouraged to submit a monthly return of visits completed and also to state the total number of visits in annual reports. Analysis of visits across all IMBs in 2019 established there were inconsistencies and the Management Board directed a working group of members to explore a fair, transparent allocation of visits to establishments. This group...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Independent Monitoring Boards: Inspections (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: We highly value the IMB’s commitment to ensuring the safety and care of prisoners and those held in detention, and understand the importance of monitoring visits to fulfil this duty. The IMB at HMP/YOI Norwich have a complex role to fulfil, and as a result, successfully bid for an additional number of board visits over and above their original allocation from the IMB National Management...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Information on the criminogenic[1] and responsivity[2] needs of offenders is captured through the Offender Assessment System (OASyS). The most recent figures were published on 18 July 2019 in the ‘Identified needs of offenders in custody and the community from OASyS,’[3] based on a snapshot as at 30 June 2018. It is important to note that at the time of this analysis (2018), annual male...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences: Mental Illness (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice takes mental health provision very seriously and is committed to working closely with health partners to ensure that offenders are able to access the treatment and support required for their mental health needs. NHS England and NHSE Improvement (NHSE/I) are responsible for commissioning healthcare services, including mental health treatment, in all prisons in England....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Sentences: School Exclusions (10 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The government recognises the importance of education and schooling in preventing young people being drawn into criminality and offending. The cross-government Beating Crime Plan published in July announced a targeted investment of over £45 million in specialist support in both mainstream schools and Alternative Provision (AP) in serious violence hotspots, to support young people at risk...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prison Officers: Retirement (9 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: We highly value our hardworking prison staff and offer access to medical professionals and an employee assistance programme to ensure continued physical and mental wellbeing. There are currently no plans for Cabinet Office to review the retirement age of prison officers within the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Drugs (9 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Data on drugs finds are published online in the HMPPS Annual Digests. Although the data does not cover the precise period detailed in the question each Digest provides data for a 12-month time period up to March for a given year. From this data it is possible to calculate how many drug finds in prisons there have been in the two years before 1 April and the two years following 1 April 2019...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Remand in Custody: Crimes of Violence (8 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Government is committed to tackling crime and serious violence. The Beating Crime Plan was published in July and introduces bold new measures to drive down crime and tackle the underlying causes of repeat offending. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will protect the public by giving the police the tools needed to tackle crime and disorder, and by addressing the root causes of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Probation: Statistics (8 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: The Ministry of Justice’s official statistics announcement of 26 October 2020 set out the move from the previous quarterly publication of probation statistics to an annual publication in 2020/21. It also flagged the need for a new publication once reforms to unify delivery of probation services had taken effect in June 2021, to reflect changes to the performance framework for probation...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Youth Custody (8 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Following the publication of the Action Plan: Outcomes for Young Adults in Custody in April 2021, a project team has been established to identify existing good practice from the prison estate to develop a national strategy for Young Adults (aged 18-25). This will support the existing Model for Operational Delivery for young adults. Nine pilot sites have been selected to develop approaches...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Ethnic Groups (8 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Monthly statistics on the population of children and young people within secure children’s homes (SCHs), secure training centres (STCs) and young offender institutions (YOIs) can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/youth-custody-data .The publication contains detailed information on the make-up of the custody population, including ethnicity. The number of children and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Gender Recognition (8 Sep 2021)

Alex Chalk: Decisions regarding the allocation of transgender prisoners are made on a case-by-case basis, as set out in the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service policy framework ‘The Care and Management of Individuals who are Transgender’. Where a prisoner wishes to be moved to a prison that does not match their legal gender, a Complex Case Board (chaired by a senior...


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