Prisoners: Rehabilitation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 10th September 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Norwich, published in July 2021, what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection who do not have access to any offending behaviour programmes or accredited interventions to allow progression towards release.

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

HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) continue to work with prisoners serving indeterminate sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) to offer them opportunities to reduce their identified risks. The latest published national figures at the end of June 2021 show the unreleased IPP population standing at 1,722, which is a reduction from 1,969 at the end of June 2020 and the 6,000 at its highest in 2012. This demonstrates that opportunities remain available to IPP prisoners wishing to progress despite the pandemic. To continue the progress already made, HMPPS undertakes case file reviews with IPPs which now includes those prisoners who have an index offence that is not classed as violence or a sexual offence, those with a robbery index offence, as well as those that are post-tariff expiry of five years or more. These reviews reinvigorate cases that are not progressing and identify appropriate individual progression pathways.

Every effort is made to locate an IPP prisoner to a prison best placed to meet their sentence planning needs as promptly as is reasonably possible. However, transfers during a parole review would usually only take place if it is to access a progression opportunity and does not disrupt an impending parole hearing date. Prisons will otherwise seek to progress IPP prisoners at the earliest opportunity following the conclusion of a parole review.

Access to offending behaviour programmes is not relevant for all IPPs. Where it is, IPPs are prioritised for a place and the number of IPPs waiting for an OBP place is kept under review. Where required, all those serving an IPP can access interventions necessary to support their progression.

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