Open Prisons

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2015 to Question 3688, what offences are included in the Violence against the person category.

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

Allocation to open prison is never automatic. Prisoners serving sentences for violent or other serious offences may be allocated to open prison towards the end of their sentence but only where they have successfully completed relevant offender behaviour work and are assessed as a low risk. Prisoners serving a determinate sentence must be within 2 years of release before they can be considered for allocation to an open prison, and those serving indeterminate sentences will only be transferred following a recommendation from the Parole Board. A prisoner in open conditions can be returned to the closed estate immediately should new risks be identified. Following a comprehensive review, the Government has tightened the eligibility for open prisons. All those located in open conditions have been rigorously risk assessed and categorised as being of low risk to the public.

The table below shows the specific offences for which offenders in open had been sentenced, within the category of ‘violence against the person’, as at 31 March 2015.

Table 1: Offences contained within the “Violence against the person” category.

Offence

MURDER

WOUNDING WITH INTENT TO INFLICT GBH

INFLICT GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM

WOUNDING (INFLICTING GBH)

MANSLAUGHTER

ATTEMPTED MURDER

DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING RTA 1988

ASSAULT OCCASIONING ABH

POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT. ENDANGER LIFE

OTHER VIOLENCE OFFENCES

MAKING THREATS TO KILL

POSS FIREARM WI FEAR OF VIOLENCE (SECTION 16A)

CRUELTY TO OR NEGLECT OF CHILDREN

DEATH BY CARELESS DRIVING/DRINK DRUGS (SECTION 3A)

POSSESSION OF AN OFFENSIVE WEAPON

CARRYING A FIREARM WITH CRIM INTENT (SECTION 18)

POSS F/A TIME COMMIT/ARREST FOR OFF (SECTION 17/2)

COMMON ASSAULT

ADMINISTER POISON

ASSAULT OCCASIONING ABH (WHERE VICTIM IS A CHILD)

ATTEMPT TO CHOKE, SUFFOCATE OR STRANGLE

HARASSMENT

INTIMIDATION OF WITNESS

MAKE/KEEP EXPLO WI ENDANGER LIFE/PROP (SECTION 3)

MALICIOUS WOUNDING (SECTION 20)

RACIALLY OR RELIGIOUSLY AGG ASSAULT (CDA 1998 c37)

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