Prisoner Escapes

Justice written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) escapes and (b) unapproved absences there were from prisons in England in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The number of escapes and incidents of unapproved absences over the last five years from prisons in England is shown in the following table. The figures shown for prisoners breaching the terms of their temporary release licence may include prisoners whose breach of licence conditions has not been considered serious enough to recall them. While the latter are not unapproved absences it is not possible to distinguish this type of licence breach without examining every incident report which would incur disproportionate cost.

Data on escapes, absconds and temporary release licence failures are published for all prisons at the following link:

http://www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/abouttheservice/prisonperformance/performancestatistics/

Number of escapes and incidents of unapproved absences over the last five years from prisons in England
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Escapes prisons 4 9 12 3 2
Escapes prison escorts 12 6 8 8 6
Escapes prison escort contractors(1) 33 33 28 17 19
Absconds(2) 942 1,275 858 700 546
(1) Figures for escapes from Prison Escort Contractors include the four Welsh prisons that are not run as a separate contract and cannot be disaggregated from the overall totals.

(2) Absconds are instances where a prisoner absents himself from prison custody without lawful authority and without overcoming physical security restraints usually from open prisons.

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