Political News Updates

15.06.2014

Prisons: Crimes of Violence

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reported incidents of assault by Kevin Thakrar on (a) prison officers and (b) other prisoners there were in each of the last four years; how many of those incidents were reported to the police; and in how many of those incidents did Crown Prosecution Service decide (i) not to prosecute and (ii) to prosecute. [199501]

Jeremy Wright: NOMS takes the issue of assaults very seriously. It currently has systems in place to deal with perpetrators quickly and robustly, with serious incidents referred to the police for prosecution. It is working with the police and Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that prisoners who assault staff are charged and punished appropriately.

To protect the safety of prisoners and prison staff details of incidents by individual prisoners cannot be provided.

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many reported incidents of violence inside prisons resulted in (a) an arrest and (b) a charge, by type of offence, in each of the last four years. [199529]

Jeremy Wright: NOMS takes the issue of assaults very seriously. It currently has systems in place to deal with perpetrators quickly and robustly, with serious incidents referred to the police for prosecution. It is working closely with the police and CPS to develop a new joint protocol to report crimes in prison—this includes pushing for prosecutions when prison staff are attacked.
The number of arrests and charges from assault incidents in prison can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.