Prison Accommodation

Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Paul Holmes Paul Holmes Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2010, Official Report, columns 546-47W, on prison accommodation, of the cells not included in the certified normal accommodation of the prison estate, how many are (a) part of segregation units, (b) part of in-patient health care centres and (c) holding cells in prison receptions.

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

As of 14 December 2009 and based on information from central records, about 2,712 places were not included in the certified normal accommodation (or uncrowded capacity) of the prison estate. Of those places, about 1,800 are part of segregation units; 400 are in health care in-patient centres; and 500 are in other locations, mainly holding cells.

These figures have been drawn from central administrative/recording systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

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