Prisoners' Transfers

Justice written question – answered on 5th February 2014.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Guittard applications were made for transfer to open conditions in each year since the judgment was handed down in 2009; and how many such applications were successful.

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

The number of applications made by indeterminate sentence prisoners to the Secretary of State to consider transferring them to open conditions without first seeking the advice of the Parole Board (sometimes referred to as Guittard applications) has been formally recorded only since 2011. Applications will be approved only where the following criteria are met:

the parole dossier must contain evidence that the prisoner has made significant progress in addressing all identified risk factors; and there must be a consensus amongst report writers that the prisoner is suitable and safe to be transferred to open conditions; and there had to be a clear benefit in transferring the prisoner to open conditions instead of awaiting a Parole Board review; and there are no areas of concern identified by report writers which would clearly benefit from further exploration by an oral hearing of the Parole Board.

The number of applications made and approved in each year since then is shown in the table:

  Guittard applications made Guittard applications approved
2011 236 103
2012 271 75
2013 192 31

Applications are not necessarily approved in the same period in which they were made.

These figures are based on unpublished management information held on the public protection database in the National Offender Management Service. They have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

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