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Area level figures are not available before 2003. However, the following table gives, for each year from 1998 to 2002, the most recently published national figures.

Non-molestation orders applied for, and made, in England and Wales between 1998 and 2002
Applications made Orders made

1998

18,153

19,365

1999

16,908

18,465

2000

15,734

18,293

2001

17,590

20,968

2002

19,131

24,999


Open Prisons

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2009, Official Report, column 800W, on open prisons, how many prisoners convicted of murder are being held at each open prison. [306327]

Mr. Straw: The following table gives the numbers of prisoners detained for murder at each open prison in England and Wales, as at 30 June 2009 the last date at which data are available:

Number

Askham Grange

10

Ford

25

Hollesley Bay

20

Kirkham

30

Leyhill

50

North Sea Camp

25

Prescoed

15

Spring Hill

15

Standford Hill

10

Sudbury

60

Sutton Park

5

Total

260


The total number of prisoners convicted of murder and in prison was around 4,900 at the end of June 2009. The figure in the open estate is therefore 5 per cent. of the total. There have been open prisons since 1936 and they are widely accepted as the most effective means of ensuring prisoners are tested in the community before
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they are released. To release prisoners directly from a closed prison without the resettlement benefits of the open estate would undoubtedly lead to higher levels of post-release reoffending.

Prisoners are assessed objectively in a process looking at all aspects of their offending behaviour, actions they have taken to reduce their likelihood of reoffending and the risk they pose to the public. They are placed in the lowest security category consistent with their assessed risk. Only prisoners placed in the lowest security category (D) may be allocated to open conditions. If their behaviour becomes a cause for concern, they can be moved back to more secure conditions.

Prisoners convicted of murderer serving life sentences and other indeterminate sentence prisoners will be transferred from closed to open prison conditions only following the acceptance of a Parole Board recommendation to the Secretary of State. Before making such a recommendation, the Parole Board must be satisfied that the case meets the criteria set out in the directions to the Parole Board under section 32(6) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, of which the risk of abscond is a central factor.

Transfer of any prisoner to open conditions will only take place if continued detention in closed conditions is no longer necessary for the protection of the public. Open conditions allow prisoners to find work, re-establish family ties and reintegrate into the community. All these are essential components for successful resettlement and an important factor in protecting the public.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. Totals for each prison have been rounded to the nearest five and the grand total to the nearest 10; separately rounded sub-totals may not add to the rounded total.

Prisoners: Ex-servicemen

David Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department plans to produce statistics on the number of former servicemen and women who are currently either serving a custodial sentence or the subject of community supervision. [308851]


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Maria Eagle: The Ministry of Defence's Defence Analytical Services and Advice has undertaken an exercise to match Ministry of Justice data on prisoners in England and Wales with the MoD database of service leavers to establish the numbers of armed forces veterans in custody. The analysis indicates that almost 3 per cent. of the prison population in England and Wales were former armed forces personnel. We are exploring the feasibility and cost of extending the data matching to encompass those subject to community supervision.

Prisons: Disciplinary Proceedings

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many investigations took place under Prison Service Order 1300 in each year since 2000; and what offences triggered such investigations. [308959]

Maria Eagle: Information on the number of formal investigations conducted under Prison Service Order 1300 in each year since 2000, and the categories (including disciplinary offences) of these investigations, is provided in the following table(1).

HR processes including investigations have been centralised and are managed by the NOMS National Shared Service Centre (SSC). The former Investigation Support Section (ISS) started to transfer its role to the SSC in January 2008 on a region by region basis. This was completed by February 2009.

During this time the business took the opportunity to review the categories under which investigations were recorded with a view to improving the data held. As such at the point of transfer to the SSC a number of new categories were created under which investigations could be registered. Therefore, any fluctuations shown in the table, particularly significant increases or decreases between 2008 and 2009, are a result of the creation of the new categories and improvements made by the business in the collation of such data from the NOMS estate. The overall trend relating to the total numbers of formally registered investigations has remained fairly consistent for at least six years.


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Categories 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Absence from duty

9

40

41

73

63

54

39

60

65

4

Abuse of sick leave

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

Abusive language/behaviour towards prisoners

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

39

Abusive language/behaviour towards staff

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

54

Abusive language/behaviour towards the public/visitors

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

Action or negligence which caused/contributed to the loss, damage or injury to the service/individual

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

26

150

Allegations of a racist nature

24

77

57

90

84

71

73

80

69

4

Allegations of a sectarian nature

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Allegations of a sexual/sexist nature

13

36

26

60

42

39

19

27

27

3

Any other serious incident not covered above

30

122

55

81

6

4

0

0

1

0

Assault (no prisoner involvement)

1

8

14

15

13

13

16

22

10

6

Assault on staff

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

8

Assault of the public/visitor

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

Assault on prisoner

43

121

125

232

122

102

72

93

109

136

Asleep on duty

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

9

Attempted escape

1

9

5

12

9

13

5

9

6

0

Attempted suicide/self harm

0

4

6

12

7

1

0

0

3

0

Barricade or prevention of access

0

0

0

1

3

3

0

1

0

0

Bomb threats or explosions

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

Breach of flexible working hours procedures

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

Breaches of security

10

47

58

115

123

97

109

157

187

173

Bringing discredit on the Prison Service

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

8

Circumstances surrounding a death in custody

30

60

69

126

83

6

1

2

4

0

Concerted indiscipline by prisoners

1

5

8

15

9

8

2

4

3

1

Corruption

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

Death of a prisoner from natural causes or death of any other person

5

23

39

35

39

8

2

1

0

0

Deliberate and very serious damage to prison property

0

0

1

4

2

2

0

5

2

0

Discovery or presence of a firearm, ammunition or CS spray

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Duplicate

0

0

0

60

10

22

23

13

5

0

Escape from a closed establishment

4

12

17

16

12

7

6

3

3

0

Escape from an escort

5

7

8

18

11

8

5

9

3

0

Exploitation of working relationship

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Failure to obey lawful and reasonable order or written instruction

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

39

Failure to report misconduct of others

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

Financial affairs

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

7

Fraud

12

17

12

46

49

28

37

26

42

0

Harassment-staff

16

64

57

101

111

61

47

49

85

117

Hostage

0

9

7

7"

3

5

2

4

1

0

Inappropriate behaviour between staff

0

2

21

84

62

112

87

104

136

6

Inappropriate relationships

13

26

35

77

60

63

66

56

44

52

Inappropriate relationships with a prison visitor/relative of a prisoner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Inappropriate treatment of prisoners

5

2

28

84

118

66

70

108

124

7

Investigation suspended/void

5

61

97

89

41

116

116

135

112

1

Key or lock compromise

15

47

49

87

71

62

74

78

85

2

Making/prompting false statements

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

14

Membership of a racist organisation

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

Misuse of Information Technology

0

1

2

8

35

35

19

39

49

68

Negligence likely to endanger the security of the establishment/escape of a prisoner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

22

148

Non/poor performance of duties

0

2

23

100

128

232

202

155

114

6

Police caution

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

37

Poor time keeping

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Racial harassment

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

50

Refusing an order

0

2

9

20

36

17

23

28

20

1

Release in error

1

8

10

21

16

17

11

12

9

0

Roof climbing

0

0

3

10

3

5

1

4

1

0

Serious allegations against senior staff member

3

14

1

5

2

4

0

2

8

0

Sexual harassment/assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

25

Significant drug find (not positive MDT result)

0

1

1

0

1

1

3

2

1

0

Staff on criminal charges not covered above

4

21

14

60

50

51

51

73

84

63

Theft

4

9

22

46

37

22

30

11

34

49

Trafficking

3

5

11

6-

13

20

28

36

17

15

Unauthorised absence (AWOL) or lateness

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

57

Unauthorised disclosure of non-protectively marked information to a 3rd party in breach of professional confidentiality

3

15

3

5

7

3

13

2

2

0

Unauthorised disclosure of protectively marked information to a third party

2

0

0

10

7

5

5

16

14

17

Unauthorised secondary employment

0

1

5

6

15

16

0

7

6

13

Unfit for duty

0

5

7

12

12

2

10

20

2

1

Unprofessional conduct

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

37

202

Total

262

883

948

1,850

1,516

1,401

1,267

1,455

1,642

1,638

Notes:
1. Information has been collated according to the calendar year 1 January through 31 December.
2. Since 1 April 2004 the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) registers, investigates and produces reports about all deaths in prison custody.
3. A number of new 'categories' were created by the SSC during 2008-09 and account for the nil returns in a number of categories between 2000-07.

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