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2004 2005 2006
Proceedings Findings of guilt Proceedings Findings of guilt Proceedings Findings of guilt

Lancashire police force

29

22

21

1

l

2

England

299

233

455

370

75

48

Notes:
1 These data are on the principal offence basis.
2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
3 The statutes used are as follows:
Night Poaching Act 1823 s1, Night Poaching Act 1844 s1, Game Act 1831 s30-32, Poaching Preventions Act 1862 s2 and Deer Act 1991.
Source:
RDS OCJR Ministry of Justice

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Prisoners Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme

Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sentenced prisoners in England and Wales are on the (a) basic, (b) standard and (c) enhanced privilege level of the incentives and earned privileges scheme. [193228]

Mr. Straw: The recorded data for the incentives and earned privileges scheme (IEPS) does not differentiate between sentenced and unsentenced prisoners, and is recorded on a separate system. It shows a shortfall against the published population data and is only used to provide indicators for monitoring, at a national level, the operation of the system.

The data provided by this system are set out in the following table. The figures are for the average numbers on each level over a period of 10 months to January 2008.

Number Percentage

Basic level

1,271

1.5

Standard level

45,437

58.5

Enhanced level

31,077

40


Prisoners Release

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will commission research to identify how many ex-prisoners of working age were in sustained work (a) three, (b) six and (c) 12 months after being released from prison in each year since 1992. [191968]

Mr. Straw: Research which has that purpose is already in hand.

The Ministry of Justice has commissioned three cohort studies to identify and assess offenders’ needs and risks, and to identify what interventions they receive and how these interventions are associated with a range of outcomes, including employment. The studies concern prisoners, offenders serving community sentences and juveniles. The prison cohort study, “Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction” (SPCR) follows the progress of 4,000 newly sentenced prisoners during their sentence and when they return to the community. In addition to prisoners’ self-reported employment and training after release, the study will have access to benefits and tax records held by the Department for Work and Pensions, which is a financial stakeholder in the study. The first results from this study, describing the presenting problems and needs of prisoners, are scheduled for publication in April 2008.

Also in April, the Ministry of Justice will be publishing results from an analysis of survey data from 4,898 sentenced prisoners nearing release which was combined with criminal history and reoffending information from the Police National Computer. The study assesses the links between prisoners’ circumstances on release (in areas such as education, training, employment, accommodation and family ties), interventions attended in prisons, and reoffending one year after discharge.

I am happy to arrange for my right hon. Friend to discuss his proposals with the relevant officials in my Department.


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Prisoners: Suicide

Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of the prison population (a) attempted and (b) committed suicide in (i) English and (ii) Welsh prisons between 2000 and 2007; and if he will make a statement; [192876]

(2) how many young males (a) attempted and (b) committed suicide in each Welsh prison in each year between 2000 and 2007; and if he will make a statement. [192877]

Maria Eagle: There is no definition of what constitutes an attempted suicide, as it is not possible to measure suicidal intent.

The available figures express the proportion as a rate of self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 prisoners for the period 2000-07. There are no female or high-security prisons in Wales, and many Welsh male prisoners are held in prisons in England.

Proportion as rate Average 2000-07

SIDs(1) rate/100,000(2): England

115.9

SIDs(1) rate/100,000(2): Wales

110.9

Overall SIDs(1) rate/100,000

115.7

(1) The Prison Service/NOMS definition of self-inflicted deaths is broader than the legal definition of suicide and includes all deaths where it appears that a prisoner has acted specifically to take their own life. This inclusive approach is used in part because inquest verdicts are often not available for some years after a death (some 20 per cent. of these deaths will not receive a suicide or open verdict at inquest). Annual numbers may change slightly from time to time as inquest verdicts and other information become available.
(2) Based on an average of each years month end population figures.

There were four self-inflicted deaths among young males (under 21) in Welsh prisons between 2000 and 2007: two in 2001, one in 2002 and one in 2006. All occurred at Parc, which is the only young offender institution in Wales.

Prisons

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department plans to use prison officer accommodation for providing additional prisoner accommodation; and if he will make a statement. [192971]

Mr. Hanson: The Ministry of Justice has no plans to use prison officer accommodation for providing additional prisoner accommodation.

Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what food allowances for inmates of contracted-out prisons are stipulated within the relevant contract; what these are for each prison; and how much was paid to privately run prisons for food for inmates in each of the last five years. [193001]

Maria Eagle: The nature of the PFI contracts means that we monitor price against service delivery to ensure compliance with the contract and assure value for money, but we do not measure a fixed level of cost for the provision of food for prisoners, and these data are not specifically reported or monitored as part of the contract.


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Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what measures his Department is considering in order to provide additional prisoner accommodation; and if he will make a statement. [193016]

Mr. Hanson: The Government have committed resources to a major expansion of prison capacity. It is intended that we achieve an overall net capacity of just over 96,000 places by 2014. We have already created around 20,000 places since 1997.

Sentencing: Rape

Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those convicted of rape in each police
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authority area were given (a) an immediate custodial sentence, (b) a community sentence, (c) a fine, (d) a conditional discharge and (e) an absolute discharge in each of the last five years. [191043]

Maria Eagle: The number of persons convicted of rape in all courts, and given (a) an immediate custodial sentence, (b) a community sentence, (c) a fine, (d) a conditional discharge and (e) an absolute discharge, in England and Wales by police force area for the years 2002 to 2006 can be viewed in the following tables.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.


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Number of persons found guilty of rape at all courts who were given immediate custody, community sentence, a fine, conditional discharge, or absolute discharge, in England and Wales by police force area for the year 2002( 1,2,3,4,5)
2002
Result
Force Found guilty Absolute discharge Conditional discharge Fine Community sentence Immediate custody

Avon and Somerset

12

0

0

0

1

11

Bedfordshire

5

0

0

0

0

5

Cambridgeshire

8

0

0

0

0

8

Cheshire

9

0

0

0

0

9

City of London

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cleveland

11

0

0

0

0

11

Cumbria

4

0

0

0

0

4

Derbyshire

7

0

0

0

1

6

Devon and Cornwall

15

0

0

0

0

15

Dorset

6

0

0

0

0

6

Durham

4

0

0

0

0

4

Essex

5

0

0

0

0

5

Gloucestershire

2

0

0

0

0

2

Greater Manchester

32

0

0

0

0

32

Hampshire

21

0

0

0

0

21

Hertfordshire

8

0

0

0

0

8

Humberside

9

0

0

0

0

9

Kent

16

0

0

0

0

16

Lancashire

14

0

0

0

0

14

Leicestershire

8

0

0

0

0

8

Lincolnshire

9

0

0

0

0

8

Merseyside

15

0

0

0

0

15

Metropolitan Police

96

1

0

1

2

90

Norfolk

8

0

0

0

0

8

North Yorkshire

8

0

0

0

0

8

Northamptonshire

8

0

0

0

0

8

Northumbria

22

0

0

0

0

22

Nottinghamshire

13

0

0

0

0

13

South Yorkshire

17

0

0

0

0

17

Staffordshire

11

0

0

0

0

11

Suffolk

7

0

0

0

0

7

Surrey

5

0

0

0

0

5

Sussex

11

0

0

0

0

11

Thames Valley

15

0

0

0

0

15

Warwickshire

1

0

0

0

0

1

West Mercia

12

0

0

0

0

12

West Midlands

27

0

0

0

0

27

West Yorkshire

15

0

0

0

0

15

Wiltshire

9

0

0

0

0

9

Dyfed-Powys

2

0

0

0

0

2

Gwent

16

0

0

0

0

16

North Wales

5

0

0

0

0

5

South Wales

20

0

0

0

1

18

Total (England and Wales)

548

1

0

1

5

537

(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(3) Includes the following statute: The Sexual Offences Act 2003, Sections 1, and 5.
(4) The Sexual Offences Act 2003 came into force on 1 May 2004,
(5) The number of defendants sentenced for an offence during a year does not always equal the number found guilty, as a defendant may be sentenced for an offence in a different year to the year they are found guilty of that offence.
Source:
Court Proceedings Database held by RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

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