Prisons: Private Sector

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th September 2018.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff he has certified under Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 to work as prison custody officers in each privately-operated establishment as at 31 December in each of the last five years.

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HM Prison and Probation do not hold data on the number of staff certified under Section 89 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991. This table displays the number of funded posts at each privately managed prison for January in each year where data is available.

Prison

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

Altcourse

416.21

393.21

393

433

424

Ashfield

173.35

152

165

169

171

Birmingham

501

499.5

500

499

497

Bronzefield

352.66

332.79

369

354

355

Doncaster

411.47

406.48

399

392

399

Dovegate

521.6

526

516

511

524

Forest Bank

529.38

573

576

576

548

Lowdham Grange

449.3

406.6

427.5

413.5

407.1

Oakwood

478.3

464.97

498

439

439

Parc

721.04

718.3

716

720

663

Peterborough

580.5

618.01

604.51

591.91

518.97

Rye Hill

255.75

257

255

256

250

Thameside

399

406

406

351

351

Northumberland

398.3

408.3

398.7

394.5

378

Operators of privately managed prisons are required to deliver sufficient recruitment and training of staff to ensure they maintain a safe, decent and secure prison as per their contractual obligation. The performance of all providers continues to be robustly managed. We will not hesitate to take action if and when standards fall short.

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