To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of offenders within three months of the end of their sentence are currently in resettlement prisons.
22 July 2015
As at 26 June 2015, 95% of male and female offenders aged 18 and over with less than three months to serve were held in a designated resettlement prison.
It is not possible to provide the usable operational capacity of each resettlement prison, however the operational capacity of each resettlement prison as at 26 June 2015 is set out in the following table.
The Operational Capacity of a prison is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime. It is determined by Deputy Directors of Custody on the basis of operational judgement and experience.
The useable operational capacity of the prison estate is the sum of all prisons’ operational capacity, less 2,000 places. This is known as the operating margin which provides an allowance to reflect the constraints imposed by the need to provide separate accommodation for different classes of prisoners; i.e. by gender, age, security category, conviction status, single cell risk assessment and also geographical distribution. The operating margin is a measure that is applied to the estate as a whole and it is therefore not possible to provide the usable operational capacity for each prison.
The Operational Capacity of Prisons in England and Wales on 26 June 2015