Prisoners: Rehabilitation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 17th June 2019.

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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 and what proportion of offenders who received Sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection have been refused access to at least one offending behaviour course during their sentence in the last five years.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

As with all prisoners, those serving Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences are not refused access to offending behaviour courses based on their sentence type. We use risk, needs and responsivity principles to help us target the right programmes for the right people. This ensures that the level of support provided by a programme matches a person’s risk of reoffending and that the content covers the areas a person needs to address to reduce further offending. All prisoners, including those serving IPP sentences, have their suitability for any accredited programmes considered as part of their wider sentence plan. A wide range of accredited programmes are available in custody and these are refreshed annually based on prisoner needs and demand. IPPs are one of the groups prioritised for participation on suitable programmes. However, completion of accredited programmes is not a mandatory requirement in order for IPP prisoners to secure release. Information related to the number of offenders serving an IPP that have been referred, but not found suitable for courses could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

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