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Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the extent to which prison governors can exercise discretion in awarding extra privileges to prisoners.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We want to ensure that prisons operate to a consistent standard when rewarding prisoners for positive behaviour and engaging with efforts to rehabilitate them. We announced an overhaul of the Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme on 30 April, with the revised scheme coming into effect from November 2013. The revised scheme will provide consistency across the adult (18 or over) estate, with the introduction of a centralised privileges and facilities list. This will set out what is available at the different IEP levels. Governors of prisons will be able to select privileges from this list to meet local circumstances but will not be able to deviate from it.

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