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Prisoners: Health

Justice written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a generic health treatment community order; and whether he has made an estimate of the number of people who could be subject to such orders as an alternative to a short prison sentence in a year;

(2) whether he has plans to make psychiatric reports available to courts in respect of defendants with mental health disorders who may be eligible for a mental health treatment requirement pursuant to a community order;

(3) what plans he has to offer (a) mental health, (b) alcohol and (c) drug treatment to offenders sentenced to community orders including health treatment requirements.

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

The Government's proposals for improving rehabilitation outcomes, including through improved access to mental health, drugs or alcohol treatment services, are set out in 'Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders', published on 7 December.

This consultation document also includes proposals for making better use of community sentences to punish and rehabilitate offenders providing effective alternatives to custody where community-based punishment and treatment may be more appropriate. In particular, we are consulting on options on how health treatment requirements should be formulated as part of community orders, to better motivate and engage offenders into treatment for mental health, drugs and alcohol problems. The consultation period will end on 4 March and we will publish the Government's response in May 2011.

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