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Open Prisons (Absconded Prisoners)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of absconds by prisoners from open prisons in England. (73501)

There were 702 absconds from open prisons in the financial year 2005-06. This represents the lowest figure for absconds in the last 10 years. However, the Prison Service recognises that this abscond rate needs to be reduced further and continues to drive forward work to meet this aim.