Prisoners

Justice written question – answered on 8th December 2010.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat, Carshalton and Wallington

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many prisoners serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection on 30 November 2010 were beyond a tariff of (a) two years or less, (b) three years of less, (c) four years or less and (d) five years or less;

(2) how many prisoners (a) of each sex and (b) in each age band were serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection on 30 November 2010; and how many had (i) exceeded their tariff and (ii) exceeded their tariff and had not completed an offenders' treatment programme.

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

On 17 November 2010 there were 6,375 offenders in custody (including those serving their sentence in secure mental hospitals) for an indeterminate sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) or Detention for Public Protection (DPP), of which 3,173 were past tariff (excluding offenders who have been recalled to custody).

Of the 3,173 offenders whose tariff had expired:

(a) 1,432 had a tariff of 730 days or less (approximately two years or less).

(b) 2,601 had a tariff of 1,095 days or less (approximately three years or less).

(c) 3,080 had a tariff of 1,460 days or less (approximately four years or less).

(d) 3,169 had a tariff of 1,825 days or less (approximately five years or less).

The following table presents a breakdown of the population of IPP and DPP prisoners by gender and age-group. This also excludes 41 where there was no tariff expiry date on the Public Protection Unit Database (PPUD) on the 17 November 2010. Of these, 36 offenders were sentenced in 2010.

Men Women Total
Age-group Total Past tariff Total Past tariff Total Past tariff
15-17 40 5 0 0 40 5
18-20 226 60 3 2 229 62
21-24 1,102 559 21 16 1,123 575
25-29 1,384 725 31 25 1,415 750
30-39 1,641 851 63 41 1,704 892
40-49 1,217 558 36 20 1,253 578
50-59 414 204 9 6 423 210
60 and over 186 100 2 1 188 101
Total 6,210 3,062 165 111 6,375 3,173

The figures above were taken from PPUD in the National Offender Management Service, and, as with any large scale recording system, it is subject to possible errors arising from either data entry or processing. PPUD is a live database, updated on a regular basis. As a result, snapshots taken on consecutive days will contain differences reflecting updates.

On 3 December 2010, there were 498 offenders who were past tariff and had not completed at least one programme, of which 455 were men and 43 were women. It should be noted that some of these offenders had started or started and not completed a programme. An age band (as at 17 November 2010) breakdown is presented in the able below. This information was taken from a database held by the Public Protection and Mental Health Group at the National Offender Management Service.

Current age Offender without a complete programme
15-17 2
18-20 12
21-24 66
25-29 108
30-39 128
40-49 112
50-59 42
60 and over 28
Total 498

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