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Prisoners' Transfers: Administrative Delays

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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

The timing of prisoner transfers is dependent upon several factors, including the reason for the transfer, the number of spaces available in the estate and the location to which the prisoner has requested a move.

Data about waiting times for transfers is not held centrally. Hundreds of transfers of prisoners take place each week without delay. Where delays in arranging transfers occur, individual establishments are responsible for monitoring these and for escalating to HMPPS headquarters any issues that cannot be resolved locally.

The prison estate is being reconfigured to ensure a better match between the type of offenders we hold and the available accommodation and this will reduce delays in transferring prisoners into prisons that are best able to meet their needs.

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