Prisons

Justice written question – answered on 2nd June 2008.

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Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert Shadow Secretary of State (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals have been detected attempting to break into prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

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

The data shown in table 1 concern the number of individuals recorded on the National Offender Management Service Incident Reporting System who have been detected attempting to break into prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years. As multiple individuals were involved in some instances, data have also been provided for the number of incidents.

Table 1: N umber of individuals recorded on the National Offender Management Service Incident Reporting System who have been detected attempting to break into prisons in England and Wales in each of the last five years
Individuals involved Total incidents
2003-04 5 3
2004-05 0 0
2005-06 11 7
2006-07 7 4
2007-08 19 12
Total 42 26
Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. The data are not subject to audit.

Of the 42 individuals identified as attempting to break into a prison, there is only one recorded instance of a member of the public managing to break into a closed prison. A breakdown of all the types of incidents where an individual has attempted to break into a prison is shown in table 2.

Table 2: A break down of all the types of incidents where an individual has attempted to break into a prison
Type of incident Number of individuals involved
Gained access to a closed establishment 1
Gained or attempted access to an open establishment 25
Individuals attempting access using a ladder against a wall or fence 13
Individuals trying to climb a fence or wall into a closed establishment 3
Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. The data are not subject to audit.

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