Prison Sentences

Home Department written question – answered on 26th March 2014.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Draft Modern Slavery Bill Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in prison in the latest period for which data are available served a time longer than their full sentence.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

holding answer 26 February 2014

For the week commencing 24 February 2014, there were 821 immigration detainees in prisons.

Please note that the data include a small number of individuals who have never served a custodial sentence. These individuals present specific risk factors that indicate they pose a serious risk of harm to the public or to the good order of an Immigration Removal Centre, including the safety of staff and other detainees, which cannot be managed within the regime applied in IRCs.

To extract this small number of cases who have not served a custodial sentence would incur a disproportionate cost as this would involve looking at individual records.

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