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Probation

Justice written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals managed under the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements regime usually domiciled in or in the prison estate in (a) Peterborough, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) areas outside Peterborough and Cambridgeshire have been resident for any period of time in the bail hostel in Peterborough in each quarter since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

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

There are a number of reasons why an individual offender may be placed, on release from custody, in an approved premises in a different probation area from the one in which he resided prior to his custodial sentence. Some probation areas have no approved premises. Approved premises that are adjacent to a school or nursery exclude child sex offenders. In other cases, it is necessary to place an offender away from the area in which his victim resides; indeed, an offender will often have an exclusion zone as part of his licence conditions, in order to protect the victim.

Data identifying the probation areas from which cases are referred to approved premises have been collected centrally only since April 2008. The data collected cover the referral of any offender from another area to the approved premises in question and do not identify whether the offender is managed under the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). However, as places in approved premises are primarily for high risk of harm offenders on release from custody, in order to protect the public, it is likely that many of the offenders referred to an approved premises from another area will be managed under MAPPA.

The available data are set out in the following table. It shows total admissions into Peterborough approved premises for each full quarter since April 2008, counting Cambridgeshire and out-of-area cases separately. These include short-term admissions such as releases on temporary licence.

Admissions to Peterborough approved premises by quarter
  April to June July to September October to December January to March
  From Cambridgeshire From other areas From Cambridgeshire From other areas From Cambridgeshire From other areas From Cambridgeshire From other areas
2008-09 14 4 13 4 10 4 14 8
2009-10 8 6 19 9 8 11 16 7
2010-11 19 7 22 8 15 8 15 6
2011-12 26 4 17 11 21 12 23 7

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