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Prisons: Databases

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he expects to ensure (a) that all prisoners at HM Prison Gartree receive an OASys assessment on or within eight weeks of arrival at the prison and thereafter annually or on completion of significant milestones and (b) that the backlog of OASys assessments at HM Prison Gartree is cleared; (258094)

(2) when he expects to have recruited the necessary additional staff at HM Prison Gartree to provide OASys assessments for prisoners there.

The requirement for an offender assessment (OAsys) to be completed within eight weeks of arrival applies to offenders received into an establishment following sentencing. As Gartree is a training prison, all prisoners received there should already have an up to date OASys assessment in place. However, Gartree did develop a backlog of OASys assessments that had not been reviewed for over three years and a recovery plan has been put in place to address. It is expected that annual reviews of all outstanding OASys plans will be completed by June 2009.

Staff recruitment is complete as far as officer posts are concerned, thought he recent National Offender Management Service recruitment freeze means that there are still vacancies for support staff which are currently filled by agency staff.