Political News Updates

13.05.2014

Prisons: Crimes of Violence

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) assault incidents, (b) serious assaults and (c) assault incidents per 1,000 prisoners there were in each prison in each of the last four years. [197044]

Jeremy Wright: The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) does not tolerate violence of any kind in prisons and any instance is taken very seriously.

NOMS is committed to exploring options to continue to improve how violence is tackled in prisons to keep both staff and prisoners safe. It is currently reviewing the policy and practice of the management of violence.

Over the last five years the rate of assaults has fallen by 13%.

The number of assaults by prison for 2010 to 2013 can be found in table 3.14 of the assaults section of the latest Safety in Custody Statistics bulletin which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/safety-in-custody-statistics

The number of self-harm incidents by prison for 2010 to 2013 can be found in table 2.13 of the self-harm section of the above bulletin.

The other numbers requested covering 2010 to 2013 have been placed in the Library. Table 1 shows the number of serious assaults by prison. Table 2 shows the number of assault incidents per 1,000 prisoners by prison. Table 3 shows the number of self-harm incidents per 1,000 prisoners by prison.

Risk of assault and self-harm is distributed unevenly around the prison estate. Gender, age and other factors such as the size and composition of the prison population, can affect the number of self-harm or assault incidents that occur in a particular establishment. Therefore, careful interpretation is needed of the incident and rates tables at a prison level.

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) assaults and (b) serious assaults on staff per 1,000 prisoners there were in each prison in each of the last four years. [197354]

Jeremy Wright: The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) does not tolerate violence of any kind in prisons and any instance is taken very seriously.

NOMS is committed to exploring options to continue to improve how violence is tackled in prisons to keep both staff and prisoners safe. It is currently reviewing the policy and practice of the management of violence.

Over the last five years, the rate of assaults has fallen by 13%.

Risk of assault is distributed unevenly around the prison estate. Gender, age and other factors such as the size and composition of the prison population, can affect the number assault incidents that occur in a particular establishment. Therefore, careful interpretation is needed of the incident and rates tables at a prison level.

The number of (a) assaults on staff per 1,000 prisoners in each prison has been placed in the Library.

Due to the low number of serious assaults on prison staff at prison level, the information requested on rates (b) cannot be provided in order to protect the confidentiality of those staff involved.