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Prisons: Smuggling

Question for Attorney General

UIN HL5787, tabled on 2 March 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convictions (1) the Metropolitan Police Service, and (2) the Crown Prosecution Service, have secured for conveying prohibited items into prisons, since 1 January 2013.

Answered on

16 March 2017

These types of offences investigated by the Metropolitan Police will be prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Offences of conveying items into prison can be prosecuted under various pieces of legislation. Many are offences which are not specific to prisons and those which are can apply to circumstances where items are conveyed either into or out of prison. Specific offences of conveying prohibiting items into prison cannot therefore be identified from the CPS case management system without incurring disproportionate cost.

The official statistics relating to criminal court proceedings, including convictions, are maintained by the Ministry of Justice.

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