Segregation of Prisoners

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in each prison in England and Wales were segregated in each of the last three years.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Prisoners are segregated as a last resort and for the shortest time necessary for reasons of good order and discipline or for their own protection. While segregated, prisoners are subject to a number of mandatory safeguards designed to ensure their safety and well being. Prisoners will be returned to normal location as soon as it is safe to do so.

Figures recording the number of prisoners who have been placed in segregation are not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost by collating the information from records held locally at each prison.

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