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Gloucester Prison

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reasons were for the decision to downgrade Gloucester prison; if he will communicate those reasons directly to the prison’s authorities; and if he will make a statement. (244145)

Prison ratings are determined using a range of performance data which can then be reviewed and moderated to take into account further evidence. The data for Gloucester indicated some concerns in their performance on providing purposeful activity and releasing prisoners on temporary licence. For these reasons the rating of 3 was reached. Explanations for ratings will be communicated to establishments and I understand NOMS Agency is in the process of doing this.