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Sentencing

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has conducted a race impact assessment of indeterminate sentencing for public protection. (201702)

A consultation on the Criminal Justice Bill: Initial Partial Race Equality Impact Assessment was undertaken in 2003. Additionally the Commission for Racial Equality helped the Home Office identify a list of provisions in the Criminal Justice Act for race equality impact assessment, which did not include indeterminate sentences for public protection. We have not conducted a race assessment impact on these provisions since their implementation. The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill contains clauses which will reform public protection sentences.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many black and minority ethnic (a) men and (b) women have received an indeterminate sentence for public protection in each month since sentencing was introduced. (201703)

The following table gives the number of prisoners received into prison establishments in England and Wales under an indeterminate sentence for public protection in each month since April 2005:

Monthly receptions

April and May 20051

10

June 2005

20

July 2005

30

August 2005

40

September 2005

60

October 2005

90

November 2005

70

December 2005

60

January 2006

80

February 2006

100

March 2006

130

April 2006

100

May 2006

120

June 2006

110

July 2006

140

August 2006

140

September 2006

150

October 2006

120

November 2006

180

December 2006

190

January 2007

140

February 2007

150

March 2007

160

April 2007

120

May 2007

170

June 2007

120

July 2007

150

August 2007

120

September 2007

120

October 2007

150

November 2007

140

December 2007

130

January 2008

160

February 2008

140

1 Combined.

These monthly figures are too small to provide a reliable breakdown by gender and ethnicity, but we can provide the total number of black and minority ethnic men and women currently serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP).

As at the end of February 2008 there were 4,000 offenders serving an IPP in prison establishments in England and Wales, including 820 males and 10 females from black and minority ethnic groups.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. As with any large scale recording system they are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing, so the numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.