Prisoners: Restraint Techniques

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 19th January 2022.

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Photo of The Bishop of Gloucester The Bishop of Gloucester Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in prison aged (1) 18–24, or (2) 25 years or older, experienced physical restraint by one or more members of staff in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Lord Wolfson of Tredegar Lord Wolfson of Tredegar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We can only provide the requested data on use of force incidents involving women in prison aged (1) 18–24, or (2) 25 years or older, by one or more members of staff for the period of year ending March 2019 to year ending March 2021. This is detailed in the attached Excel spreadsheet.

We cannot access the requested data for the previous seven years as we did not collate the information on an individual case basis and are unable to do so retrospectively.

Every use of physical force is reviewed and prison officers receive appropriate training to ensure that it is only used when necessary, reasonable and proportionate.

Table (xlsx, 17.9KB)

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