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Offenders: Rehabilitation

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was of accredited programmes delivered in (a) prisons and (b) probation services in the latest period for which information is available. (234148)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) offers a range of programmes to meet different needs and risks of offending. The cost of delivery varies across programmes and by prison establishment and probation area, depending on factors such as the nature, length and intensity of the programmes, volume of delivery and the existing infrastructure.

The average cost per individual completing programmes run by prison and probation services varies from £1,500 to £10,000. The small number of completions for the more intensive programmes for serious violent offenders cost more to deliver.

NOMS is currently undertaking a specifications, benchmarking and costings exercise which will provide more accurate costings of the interventions delivered.