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Prisons: Crimes of Violence and Self-harm

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 20th September 2018.

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

Holding answer received on 18 September 2018

Reducing levels of assault and self-harm in prisons is a top priority for the Ministry of Justice. We are investing across the prison estate in extra staff, training and security measures so that we can provide full and purposeful regimes, improve staff-prisoner relationships and reduce the impact of drugs.

Prisons with a high absolute number of incidents might not necessarily have the highest relative number or rate of incidents, because the number of prisoners and the nature of the population will vary between establishments. Because of this point, we have provided a list of the top 5 prisons with the highest rate of assault as a better means of comparing across prisons.

The five prisons in the Male Category C estate with the highest rate of assaults during 2017 were:

Prison (Incidents per 1,000 population)

  • HMP/YOI Portland – (626 incidents per 1,000 population)
  • HMP & YOI Parc – (546 incidents per 1,000 population)
  • HMP Hindley – (541 incidents per 1,000 population)
  • HMP & YOI Swinfen Hall - (500 incidents per 1,000 population)
  • HMP & YOI Isis - (441 incidents per 1,000 population)

The five prisons in the Male Category C estate with the highest rate of self-harm during 2017 were:

Prison (Incidents per 1,000 population)

  • HMP & YOI Parc (913 incidents per 1,000 population)
  • HMP Haverigg (691 incidents per 1,000 population)
  • HMP & YOI Swinfen Hall (668 incidents per 1,000 population)
  • HMP Moorland (604 incidents per 1,000 population)
  • HMP Buckley Hall (603 incidents per 1,000 population)

Note:

HMP & YOI Parc’s assault and self-harm incident numbers include incidents which occurred in the designated places for young people (aged 15-18 years old): this data cannot currently be separated from data attributable to adults.

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