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Prisoners' Transfers;

Justice written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effect on HM Prison (a) Preston, (b) Garth and (c) Wymott of receiving prisoners displaced from other prisons in the region.

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

In the management of the prison population the aim is to hold prisoners in establishments that provide the level of security required, are suitable for their gender, age and legal status, provide special facilities appropriate to prisoner needs and are near to their homes or the courts dealing with their cases

Prisoners are moved from one prison to another as part of their sentence plan, following re-categorisation, where requested or where there is an operational need to do so.

As a local prison which serves the courts in the area, HMP Preston's main function is to hold unconvicted and unsentenced prisoners and, once a prisoner had been sentenced, to allocate them on to an appropriate training prison to serve their sentence.

As training prisons, HMPs Garth and Wymott regularly receive sentenced prisoners from other establishments in the North West, including local prisons such as HMP Preston, as well as from other establishments across the estate.

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