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Standford Hill Prison

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners absconded from HMP Standford Hill in each year since 1992; (130073)

(2) how many prisoners who have absconded from HMP Standford Hill were not recaptured and returned in each year since 1992;

(3) how many prisoners, returned to HMP Standford Hill having absconded, were dealt with under prison disciplinary procedures in each year since 1987.

[holding answer 28 March 2007]: The following table sets out the number of absconds that have occurred from Standford Hill prison in each financial year since 1995-96. It is not possible to provide data for previous years as there are no central records prior to 1995-96. Data for the current financial year are provisional and subject to further validation as part of the in-year and final end of year validation process.

The prison service is currently developing a mechanism for collating recapture data. At the moment the only way of providing this information is for every prison to interrogate records to determine whether any of Standford Hill’s absconders were subsequently received in any other prison following recapture and what disciplinary action, in addition to being returned to closed conditions, was taken. This could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost.

Absconds from Standford Hill prison

Number

1995-96

50

1996-97

71

1997-98

35

1998-99

40

1999-00

43

2000-01

29

2001-02

37

2002-03

83

2003-04

89

2004-05

39

2005-06

58

2006-071

32

1 Data for the current financial year includes absconds from 1 April 2006 to 28 February 2007