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Prisons: Discipline

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 4016, tabled on 24 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, (a) how many additional days were added to prisoners' sentences and (b) in what proportion of adjudications days were added in (i) 2000, (ii) 2010 and (iii) the latest year for which information is held; and for what reasons the days were so added in each such year.

Answered on

2 July 2015

Discipline procedures are central to the maintenance of a safe custodial environment.

Since 2003 Independent Adjudicators, who are District Judges or Deputy District Judges hear those cases where a serious breach of the Prison and YOI Rules has occurred, and which might result in the prisoner receiving a punishment of additional days to their time spent in custody if found guilty.

The tables below provide the number of adjudications where additional days were given, the percentage of those against the total adjudications and the reasons why those additional days were given, in 2000, 2010 and 2014.

Tables 1 – 3: Number of incidences punished by additional days awarded and number of days of additional days by incidence group, 2000, 2010 and 2014, England and Wales

Table 1

Number

Violence

Escape or abscond

Disobedience or disrespect

Wilful damage

Unauthorised transactions or possession

Other incidences

Adjudications where additional days were given(1)

63,918

(36% of total adjudications)

10,620

717

21,563

2,896

22,506

5,616

Number of days for which additional days were given(2)

888,250

175,544

9,832

288,645

57,148

281,717

75,364

Table 2

Number

Violence

Escape or abscond

Disobedience or disrespect

Wilful damage

Unauthorised transactions or possession

Other incidences

Number of awards where additional days were given(1)

9,006

913

22

1,381

440

5,809

441

(5% of total adjudications)

Number of days for which additional days were given(2)

172,260

17,562

419

25,093

9,003

111,206

8,977

Table 3

Incidence

Number

Violence

Escape or abscond

Disobedience or disrespect

Wilful damage

Unauthorised transactions or possession

Other incidences

Number of awards where additional days were given(1)

10,119

1,377

4

1,428

465

6,119

726

(6% of total adjudications)

Number of days for which additional days were given(2)

165,185

22,681

77

20,145

8,172

102,570

11,540

Notes:

'-' Data is not applicable.

1 - The number of incidents may be committed at one establishment and punished at another.

2 - Figures correspond to the sum of the number of days given for each punishment received after an incident of misbehaviour. If an offender receives 2 punishments as a result of an assault against a prison officer and each punishment attracts 20 days, then the offender will have received a total of 40 additional days.