Accredited Offending Behaviour Programmes

Home Department written question – answered on 23rd March 2005.

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Photo of Mrs Valerie Davey Mrs Valerie Davey Labour, Bristol West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accredited offending behaviour programmes are due to be completed in 2004–05; and how many are expected to be completed in 2005–06.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

Accredited offending behaviour programmes are delivered to offenders supervised by the National Probation Service and to offenders serving sentences of imprisonment. The targets for both groups of offenders have been rolled forward from 2004–05 to 2005–06: 15,000 for offenders supervised by probation and 7,000 for prisoners.

The latter target is divided between public and contracted prisons and includes a specified number of sex offender treatment programmes. The target details for the financial years 2004–05 and 2005–06 are set out in the table. The figure for 2005–06 corrects an inaccuracy in the wording of the written ministerial statement on 25 February setting out the National Offender Management Service's targets for that year—25 February 2005, Hansard, column 65WS.

Target details
2004–05 7,000 offending behaviour programmes completed by prisoners, including: 5,490 living skills programmes and 1,100 sex offender treatment programmes in public prisons 330 living skills programmes and 80 sex offender treatment programmes in contracted prisons
2005–06 7,000 offending behaviour programmes completed by prisoners, comprising: 6,590 programmes in public prisons (including 1,160 sex offender treatment programmes) 410 programmes in contracted prisons (including 80 sex offender treatment programmes)

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