Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 25th May 2016.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the petition entitled Introduce Helen's Law, published on the website, what steps his Department is taking to encourage prisoners to reveal information about the crimes they have committed.

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

Staff in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) work with individual prisoners on a daily basis to address their risks and needs. A vital part of that activity is encouraging prisoners to acknowledge their responsibility for all their previous crimes.

NOMS staff will also take appropriate action where prisoners disclose information either of additional offences or of aspects of their offences that were previously unknown.

The Parole Board already takes into account offenders’ co-operation in identifying the location of a victim’s remains when determining whether they should be released; however, Ministers have asked the Parole Board to consider whether its guidelines in this area should be strengthened.

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