Prisoners: Compensation

Justice written question – answered on 9th September 2010.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much compensation has been paid to prisoners in each of the last eight years; and on what grounds each payment was made.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The following table details the total amount of compensation paid to prisoners over the last five financial years as a result of civil claims, by way of out of court settlement, or by court award. The figures exclude private establishments. Compensation figures prior to 2004-05 were not collated centrally. The grounds on which individual claims were concluded would entail the checking of more than a thousand files and would entail disproportionate cost.

Financial year Type of prisoner claim Settlement amounts (£) Court awards (£)
2004-05 Abuse/ harassment 500 0
Assault by prisoner 79,409 0
Assault by staff 180,408 0
Injury-other 406,028 9,000
Slip, trip and fall 102,975 2,750
Medical negligence 1.441,500 350
ODPL 0 0
Other 36,825 0
Property 7,015 7,540
Unlawful detention 104,927 350
2004-05 totals 2,359,587 19,990
2005-06 Abuse/harassment 7,000 0
HRA-Article 5(4) 0 0
HRA-Sanitation 0 0
Assault by prisoner 13,270 0
Assault by staff 134,750 0
Injury-other 3,491,744 0
Slip, trip and fall 81,678 2,500
Medical negligence 553,200 0
ODPL 0 0
Other 73,328 20,000
Property 15.860 2,144
Unlawful detention 80,297 0
2005-06 totals 4,451,127 24,644
2006-07 Abuse/harassment 0 0
HRA-Article 5(4) 0 0
HRA-Sanltation 0 0
Assault by prisoner 74,100 0
Assault by staff 91,850 0
Injury-other 646,569 0
Slip, trip and fall 189,820 1,425
Medical negligence 195,508 0
ODPL 749,999 0
Other 79,783 157
Property 19.666 11,104
Unlawful detention 95,376 0
2006-07 totals 2,142,671 12,686
2007-08 Abuse/harassment 0 0
Claims by estate 349.100 0
Article 5(4) 0 0
Article 3-heating 0 0
Article 3-sanitation 0 0
Assault by prisoner 39,433 0
Assault by staff 66,683 0
Injury-other 172.754 500
Slip, trip and fall 138,265 3,210
Medical negligence 222.333 0
ODPL 0 0
Other 169,814 17,729
Property 17.670 8,922
Unlawful detention 276.257 0
2007-08 totals 1,452,309 30,361
2008-09 Abuse/harassment 1,500 0
Claims by estate 164,000 0
Article 5(4) 65,250 15,314
Article 3-heating 0 0
Article 3-sanitation 0 0
Assault by prisoner 79,819 0
Assault by staff 165,950 3,500
Injury-other 179,060 10
Slip, trip and fall 139,333 0
Medical negligence 203,933 0
ODPL 0 0
Other 134,223 0
Property 23,918 2,443
Unlawful detention 491,059 0
2008-09 totals 1,648,045 21,267
2009-10 Abuse/harassment 0 0
Claims by estate 85,500 0
Article 5(4) 13,050 0
Article 3-heating 0 0
Article 3-sanitation 0 0
Article 5(4)-delay 0 0
Assault by prisoner 107,057 0
Assault by staff 512,225 22,403
Injury-other 202,831 0
Slip, trip and fall 205,153 0
Medical negligence 1.609.250 0
ODPL 0 0
Other 238,235 2,643
Property 24,648 3,583
Unlawful detention 259,943 0
2009-10 totals 3,257,692 26,629
Notes:

1. The term "ODPL" refers to Opiate Dependant Prisoner Litigation. It relates to claims from prisoners who claimed that their drug detoxification treatment dating back to the late 1990's was inadequate.

2. The category "Injury-other" includes miscellaneous injuries that do not fit into categories elsewhere in the table, such as injuries at work, smoke inhalation, asbestos claims, etc. The category "Other" includes allegations of breaches of Human Rights, misfeasance in public office, discrimination etc.

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