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Life Imprisonment

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has to increase resources for life sentence plans at each prison where the number of prisoners exceeds the programme capacity; and if she will make a statement. (142458)

Prisons receive funding to manage all prisoners, including those subject to the life sentence planning process. For 2007-08, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Board has allocated additional funding, specifically to provide for assessments of and programmes for prisoners sentenced to an indeterminate sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection, who are also currently subject to the life sentence planning process. The additional funding will be distributed to prisons where such prisoners are held. The NOMS Board has also commissioned a ‘service review’ which is looking at the systems and services currently in place for indeterminate sentenced prisoners. The final report and recommendations are expected in August 2007.