Prisoners: Rehabilitation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 21st September 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 40798 on Prisoners: Rehabilitation, how many indeterminate sentences for public protection prisoners have been waiting for a place on an offending behaviour programme in each of the last five years.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister for Afghan resettlement

The Government’s primary responsibility is to protect the public. Accredited programmes aim both to protect the public and to reduce re-offending: they are part of a range of rehabilitation and risk reduction opportunities available in prisons. In recent years, there has been a change in emphasis, away from shorter, moderate-intensity programmes, in favour of longer, higher-intensity programmes. H M Prison & Probation Service remains committed to supporting the progression of those serving indeterminate (IPP) and life sentences of imprisonment, so that the Parole Board may direct their release, or re-release, as soon as it is safe to do so.

To aid recovery planning for offending behaviour programmes following the pandemic, we have put in place new data collection systems. These enable us to provide the requested information in relation to 2021, and this is set out in the table below. We do not hold information prior to that date.

The information provided covers both offending behaviour and sexual offending programmes. Substance misuse programmes are the responsibility of NHS commissioners and we do not hold information in relation to them. The table shows the number of IPP prisoners waiting to commence an accredited general, violence, domestic violence, or sexual offending programme, based on information gathered from prisons which run accredited offending behaviour programmes, in data snapshots in January, April and August 2021. The information has been drawn from local records and, as with any large-scale reporting tool, may be subject to inaccuracies as well as subject to change.


Offending Behaviour Programmes

Sexual Offending Programmes


Total Jan 2021 Q3 20/21




Total April 2021 Q4 20/21




Total Aug 2021 Q1 21/22




The numbers presented reflect those who are fully assessed as suitable and identified as motivated and waiting for a place. Whilst these individuals are currently listed as awaiting a place, individual readiness to start a programme can change.

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