Prisoners: Nottinghamshire

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Ben Bradley Ben Bradley Conservative, Mansfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners given custodial sentences who were homeless before sentencing in Nottinghamshire in each year since 2015.

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

We are unable to provide data based on the total number of prisoners who were given custodial sentences in Nottinghamshire and were homeless before sentencing as this data isn’t held. Instead the following table sets out the number of people of no fixed abode serving sentences who had an origin address link to Nottinghamshire and who were held in prisons at intervals since 2015. It does not include those held on remand, who are held on a non-criminal basis or those held in immigration removal centres.

March

June

September

December

2015

125

130

151

147

2016

159

146

135

131

2017

141

142

161

149

2018

132

150

139

147

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) works to ensure that prisoners due to be released from prison have accommodation arranged for them upon release. It is recognised that securing suitable accommodation is a vital part of an offender's resettlement, and we are working collaboratively with other government departments and interested parties to ensure that we meet the accommodation needs for prisoners on their release. There are currently 100 Approved Premises (AP), providing over 2,200 bed spaces nationally. The recent introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 will also help facilitate resettlement for the prisoners back into areas without APs.

The Government published its Rough Sleeping Strategy in August 2018, launching a £100 million initiative to reduce and ultimately eliminate rough sleeping across England. As part of this strategy, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), will be investing approximately £6m in a pilot scheme to support ex-offenders secure suitable accommodation upon release; the pilots will operate in HMPs Pentonville, Bristol and Leeds.

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