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Prison Accommodation

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons were exceeding their (a) certified normal accommodation and (b) operational capacity at the latest date for which information is available. (252827)

As at 19 December 2008, there were 85 prisons exceeding their certified normal accommodation. The in-use certified normal accommodation (CNA) level is the uncrowded capacity of an establishment, taking into account those places not available for immediate use (i.e. damaged cells or cells affected by building work)

There are no prisons exceeding their operational capacity. The operational capacity of a prison is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold, taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime. It is determined by area managers on the basis of operational judgement and experience.