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Prisons: Discipline

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 20908, tabled on 5 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many days were added in each prison establishment as a result of adjudications in each year since 2010.

Answered on

13 January 2016

The information on the number of additional days awarded to prisoners in each prison establishment as a result of adjudications in each year since 2010 can be found in the attached table although figures for 2015 are not yet available.

Discipline procedures are central to the maintenance of a safe custodial environment. They are provided for by the Prison and Young Offender Institution Rules which require adjudications to be conducted lawfully, fairly and justly, and for prisoners and young people (aged 15-17) to have a full opportunity to hear what is alleged against them and to present their case. Independent Adjudicators are District Judges or Deputy District Judges who attend prisons and Young Offender Institutions when necessary to hear adjudication cases which are deemed sufficiently serious. These cases may merit a punishment of additional days to a prisoner’s time spent in custody if the prisoner or young person is found guilty. Only Independent Adjudicators can make an award of additional days as a punishment.

A range of safeguarding measures are in place to make sure that a prisoner or young person is physically and mentally fit to face an adjudication hearing and any subsequent punishment.

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