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Prisoners: Racial Harassment

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents classified as racially-motivated were reported by prisoners in each of the last five years. (257637)

The following table presents the number of incidents of alleged racism reported by prisoners. This is broken down into those about the behaviour of other prisoners and those concerning service provision or the actions of members of staff. While all reports are investigated few consist of allegations of misconduct by staff and all such matters are subject to disciplinary investigation under the code of conduct and discipline.

‘Race Review 2008’, recently published by the National Offender Management Service, which is available in the Library of the House, sets out the current assessment of race equality in the Prison Service, including the effectiveness of these systems and plans for work further to improve them.

Total

Prisoner behaviour

Services/actions of staff

2004-05

5,641

2,268

3,373

2005-06

6,912

2,719

4,193

2006-07

7,569

2,993

4,576

2007-08

8,051

2,758

5,293

2008-091

6,862

2,186

4.676

1 Figures for year up to 31 December 2008