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Mr. Sutcliffe: There is insufficient information recorded on the prison IT system relating to the residential addresses of prisoners to give a comprehensive response, and it could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Sutcliffe: Prisons are considered to be overcrowded when prisoners are held in accommodation units intended for fewer prisoners. At the end of October 2006, the following establishments in England and Wales were overcrowded. Information on prisons in Scotland and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the Scottish Executive and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Isle of Sheppey Cluster
|Type of death: Self-inflicted( 1)|
|(1 )Number of apparent self-inflicted deathsthis includes all deaths where it appears the individual acted specifically to take their own life, not only those that received a suicide or open verdict at inquest.|
Annual numbers may change slightly from time to time as inquest verdicts and other information become available.
Assaults in custody range from relatively minor ones where no injuries are sustained to very serious ones where the victim may be hospitalised and criminal charges follow. Assaults, particularly less serious ones, may also occur in the context of other incidents such as drug finds, etc. The information provided here reflects those incidents specifically reported as assaults by prisons on the Prison Services Incident Reporting System.
There are likely to be a number of different factors influencing the figures and it is not possible to attribute the changes to a single cause. The main reasons may be some combination of improved recording over the years, changes in the patterns of violent crime, population pressures placing extra burdens on staff and prisoners, and increases in stress-levels making violence more likely.
|Assault category: Prisoner on prisoner|
Table 1: IRS reported assaults
1. The table excludes assaults instigated by others e.g. visitors on staff.
2. These numbers are derived from the Prison Service Incident Reporting System (IRS). This systems processes high volumes of data and is being constantly updated.
The numbers shown give a fair indication of the scale but should not be treated as absolute.
|Escapes from prison in the Metropolitan Police district area in each year since 2000|
|(1) Year to date|
The figures show escapes from establishments and exclude those under escort. Year to date figures include up to 22 November 2006.
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