Prisons: Video Conferencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 21st October 2020.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of prisons in England and Wales do not have a prison video link system.

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

Currently, 108 custodial establishments in England and Wales (89% of the total) have access to a fixed prison video link system. Work is in hand to increase videoconferencing capacity in prisons including to equip the remaining 14 establishments with video links by the end of this financial year, subject to any unforeseen impacts of Covid-19. The scoping visits as part of this work have confirmed the figures here, which differ from the response given to PQ 101003.

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