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Prison Service (Annual Reports)

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

The annual report of Her Majesty’s Prison Service for 2006-07 (HC 717) has today been laid before Parliament. The National Probation Service annual report has also been published today. Copies have been made available in the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office. The regional offender managers have, today, published their statement of performance on the NOMS website at: www.noms.justice.gov.uk. Copies have also been made available in the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office.

The Prison Service report includes the financial accounts for 2006-07. The financial accounts for the National Probation Service will be published later in the year.

Performance against all the national offender management targets for 2006-07 is shown in the table:

Performance against the National Offender Management Targets for 2006-07

Protecting the Public

Annual Performance

Annual Target

No escapes of Category A prisoners

0

0

The rate of escapes from prison and prison service escorts is below 0.05% of the average prison population

0.05%

Public Prison

0.01%

Contracted Prison

0.001%

Fewer than 1 in 20,000 escapes from prison and prison service escorts

1:53,847

1:20,000

90% of risk of harm assessments, full analyses and Offender Assessment System (OASys) sentence plans, including risk management plans, completed within five working days of the commencement of order or release into the community

94%

90%

90% of risk of harm screenings/full analyses (as appropriate) and OASys sentence plans completed on Prolific and other Priority Offenders (PPOs) within five working days of the commencement of the order or release into the community.

95%

90%

Supporting the Courts

90% of PSRs completed within required timelines

80%

90%

At least 85% of prisoners from prison or police cells are delivered to court before the agreed time

86%

85%

Firm and Fair Punishment

To initiate breach proceedings in accordance with national standards within 10 days in 90% of cases

92%

90%

85% of arranged appointments attended by the offender in the first 26 weeks of the order or licence

83%

85%

Ensure that the rate of self-inflicted deaths does not exceed 112.8 per 100,000 prison population

Public Prison

96.3 per 100,000

112.8 per 100,000

Contracted Prison

40.6 per 100,000

Reduce the number of serious assaults compared to the 05/06 outturn (this is an annualised rate)

Public prisons

1.66%

1.53%

Contracted prisons

3.6%

3.3%

To limit overcrowding so that the number of prisoners held in accommodation units intended for fewer prisoners does not exceed:

Public prisons

24.1%

24.0%

Contracted prisons

32.8%

34.5%

Helping to cut crime

Accredited Programmes Completed for All Prisons and Probation (including SOTP & DV)1

32,760

24,630

Public prisons

7,921

6,720

Contracted prisons

601

409

Probation: Accredited Programmes Completed

19,875

17,500

Probation: Domestic violence programmes

1,825

1,200

Sex offender treatment programmes (Prison and Probation)

2,525

2,400

Public prisons

1,160

1,160

Contracted prisons

64

80

Probation: Sex Offender Treatment Programmes

1,301

1,200

Prisoners have accommodation to go to on release from prison

Public prisons

65,733

70,000

Contracted prisons

6,098

Prisoners have employment, training or education on release

Public prisons

36,501

35,870

Contracted prisons

3,853

Offenders (in the community) are placed into employment

19,926

15,000

DTTO/Drug Rehabilitation Requirements completions

5,939

5,000

Completions of prison drug rehabilitation programmes

Public prisons

7,675

6,500

Contracted prisons

674

Reduce the number of those testing positive in random mandatory drug tests as a percentage of the prison population compared with 2005-06 outturn2

10.3%

Public prisons

8.6%

Contracted prisons

9.6%

Referrals to LSC in the community

60,418

48,000

Contracted and Wales Learning and Skills Awards delivered by LSC3

7,289

6,682

Contributing to Communities and Society

Completions of unpaid work requirements

55,514

50,000

85% of victims to be contacted within eight weeks of an offender receiving a conviction or 12 months or more for a serious sexual or violent offence

93% (April-December 2006)

85%

Organising and Supporting Delivery

Staff sickness in public prisons to be lower than 11.5 working days/person

11.64

11.50

Not to exceed nine days per person per annum in the probation service

12.01

9.00

At least 6% of the workforce in public prisons to be from minority ethnic groups by April 2007

5.9%

6.0%

95% of race and ethnic monitoring data on staff and offenders returned on time and using the correct (census 2001) classification

98%

95%

1Data relate to total programme completions (before quality reviews)

2 MDT, March data will be adjusted in June (three months’lag time)

3 Data available in April 2008. This metric contributes to the Learning and Skills Council Public Service Agreement (PSA) to increase the number of adults with the skills required for employability and progression to higher levels of training.

Note: Please note that Peterborough performance data are not included.