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Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 52169, tabled on 7 November 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment she has made of the level of reoffending by former prisoners (a) who have had mental health treatments and (b) in general.

Answered on

18 November 2016

We know that people with mental health problems are disproportionately represented in the Criminal Justice System, and these conditions require treatment. In our Prison Safety and Reform White Paper published earlier this month, we set out how we will also work with NHS England, Public Health England and the Welsh Government to improve measurement of mental health outcomes. We are committed to meeting the mental health needs of prisoners. All prisons have procedures in place to identify, manage and support people with mental health issues.

Too many prisoners currently go on to reoffend - almost half of all prisoners are reconvicted within a year of release. The cost of reoffending by former prisoners is estimated to be up to £15 billion a year. To tackle this, we are embarking on the most far-reaching prison reforms for a generation. Reforms that will transform how our prisons are run and give prisoners the skills they need to become law-abiding citizens when they are released.

General rates of reoffending are available at