Detention Centres and Prisons: Crime

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th July 2021.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made a recent assessment of the trends in the levels of crimes that take place inside prisons and detention centres; and what steps he plans to take to eradicate those crimes.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The ‘Crime in Prison Tracker’ method of recording crime in the prison estate, launched shortly before the pandemic, was temporarily suspended in 2020. Whilst prisons have not been required to upload all data using the dedicated tool, they were asked to keep a record of the number of referrals made to the Police and whether the referrals were accepted or referred back to the prison to be dealt with internally by way of adjudication. Prisons will be asked to upload the data collected during the pandemic retrospectively once the ‘Tracker’ tool is re-launched.

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service continues to review and engage with prisons on crime committed. This enables national and local trends, and areas of concern to be identified – allowing work on reduction to take place.

The Crime in Prison Board, chaired by HMPPS, with attendance from the National Police Chief’s Council and Crown Prosecution service, sits quarterly to progress delivery objectives and resolve cross-agency challenges. This ensures all criminal justice partners are working towards the same goals and that justice is being pursued for our staff and other victims of crime.

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