Prisons: Restraint Techniques

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many use of force incidents have been recorded in each prison since 2010.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service require that all use of force in prisons must be rigorously reported and locally recorded. However, the data collated at the national level throughout all of the period specified is of unsatisfactory quality and consistency. Satisfactory nationally-collated data relating to the frequency of use of force in prisons is available for the period 2008/09 – 2011/12, and was published as part of the Equalities Annual Review (2011-2012).

HMPPS are committed to ensuring that all use of force in prisons is lawful and reflects the highest standards. As part of our commitment to ensuring robust governance over the use of force we are working to identify ways to improve the quality, granularity and availability of use of force data locally and nationally.

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