Prisons: Standards

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 13th June 2022.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress Her Majesty's Prisons and Probation Service has made on developing performance indicators for prisons on equality of (a) treatment and (b) outcomes for BAME and white prisoners.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We recognise that race disparities persist in the Criminal Justice System, and we are committed to actively tackling the impact of this across MoJ. As part of this commitment, in December 2020 HMPPS launched the Race Action Programme (RAP), which builds on the MoJ Race Action Plan.

The RAP will increase the diversity of our workforce, address the risk of bias in our policies and tackle disparity in outcomes for prisoners, people on probation and children in our system. This will also help to reduce reoffending and enhance rehabilitative practices.

Prisons use a monitoring tool which shows the distribution of prisoner protected characteristics across a range of components of prison life. This includes prisoners placed on the incentives scheme, as well as adjudications and complaints. The tool will be expanded to include other areas such as release on temporary licence and use of force.

Governors use this tool to monitor the characteristics of their local prison population, and in this way can better explain local conditions and discern whether changes may be warranted.

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