Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Offender Assessment System

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

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 prisoners in each prison have an up to date Offender Assessment System assessment.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Prison and probation officers use the Offender Assessment System (OASys) to help them assess the needs and risks of offenders – specifically, the risk of reoffending and risk of harm which a given offender presents. Based on the resulting assessment, prison and probation officers may then formulate plans designed to reduce those risks; the plans require the offender’s co-operation and engagement.

We cannot answer the question as asked, as the data needed are collected on two systems. Prison population data are collected as a snapshot on a particular date, with which comprehensive data on assessments on prisoners using OASys completed over time cannot be matched.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.