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Prisons: Crimes of Violence

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many assaults by prisoners on a (a) prisoner and (b) prison officer were recorded in each prison establishment in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement; (264714)

(2) how many assaults by prisoners on a (a) prisoner and (b) prison officer were recorded in each year since 2002 in each female prison establishment; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many assaults by prisoners on a (a) prisoner and (b) prison officer were recorded in each young offenders' institution in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement.

Reducing violence in prisons is a priority for Ministers, The National Offender Management Service and the Prison Officers Association and we are collectively committed to working towards a zero tolerance approach to prison violence. Since 2004, a national strategy has directed every public sector prison to have in place a local violence reduction strategy and since mid 2007 this has been applied to the public and contracted out estate. A whole-prison approach is encouraged, engaging all staff, all disciplines and prisoners in challenging unacceptable behaviour, problem-solving and personal safety.

The information set out in tables 1, 2 and 3 show the number of prisoner on prisoner assaults in all prisons, female prisons and young offender institutions respectively. Similarly tables 4, 5 and 6 show the numbers of prisoner on officer assault incidents. It is important to note that the recorded incidents of assaults on prison officers are not completely exclusive to officers and may include assaults on other prison staff. The numbers supplied refer to the number of individual assault incidents; they include all incidents recorded as assaults and may also include threatening behaviour, projection of bodily fluids and other non-contact events and allegations.

The following information is subject to important qualifications. The NOMS Incident Reporting System processes high volumes of data which are constantly being updated. The numbers provide a good indication of overall numbers but should not be interpreted as absolute. Rises or falls in reported numbers from one year to the next are not a good indicator of an underlying trend for a particular prison. Additionally there have been improvements in reporting over the years, and this is reflected in the tables.

Assault data are complex and the numbers need to be interpreted with caution. Information recorded as assault incidents may involve one or many prisoners as some assault incidents may involve more than one assailant or more than one victim. Additionally in a proportion of incidents only the victim is known.

As prisons have changed roles over time the hon. Gentleman's attention is brought to the notes to the tables which indicate when some of the more significant changes took place.

Table 1: Prisoner on prisoner assault incidents by establishment1

Prison

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Acklington

49

39

33

38

73

65

50

Albany

3

5

15

3

4

Altcourse

163

159

183

194

195

226

153

Ashfield

429

271

304

500

625

653

608

Ashwell

8

9

15

17

9

17

16

Askham Grange

1

1

1

1

2

Aylesbury

44

26

21

78

80

79

91

Bedford

49

44

49

41

55

36

55

Belmarsh

60

76

67

53

51

25

25

Birmingham

90

105

139

103

118

109

96

Blakenhurst

271

256

192

149

151

213

87

Blantyre House

1

Blundeston

36

39

26

14

15

33

30

Brinsford

281

304

326

344

187

187

324

Bristol

107

84

100

95

85

73

72

Brixton

130

122

106

73

40

60

78

Brockhill

23

25

19

28

20

8

7

Bronzefield

37

92

113

98

103

Buckley Hall

45

72

76

62

57

37

24

Bullingdon

59

40

36

59

45

68

87

Bullwood Hall

20

16

10

12

Camp Hill

47

67

51

54

55

35

Canterbury

9

5

12

15

13

20

30

Cardiff

46

50

53

50

47

25

19

Castington

363

312

384

361

360

385

433

Channings Wood

12

21

22

38

53

54

56

Chelmsford

60

62

82

68

105

32

39

Coldingley

2

16

7

18

11

13

Cookham Wood

7

12

7

2

4

5

19

Dartmoor

25

20

11

29

26

26

38

Deerbolt

154

167

205

164

152

160

180

Doncaster

87

39

77

94

144

127

192

Dorchester

9

13

11

19

18

33

26

Dovegate

40

56

73

66

66

55

44

Dover

14

16

9

9

23

64

47

Downview

13

6

14

29

25

12

12

Drake Hall

3

13

7

9

6

20

8

Durham

65

59

79

89

146

127

120

East Sutton Park

3

1

Eastwood Park

14

23

31

51

47

15

10

Edmunds Hill

47

26

23

27

26

21

Elmley

88

84

104

134

100

125

122

Erlestoke

6

10

26

26

22

35

38

Everthorpe

9

5

20

42

65

69

61

Exeter

37

37

26

34

35

24

38

Featherstone

60

51

54

69

70

90

103

Feltham

459

569

576

549

476

428

552

Ford

7

2

20

17

6

6

10

Forest Bank

304

308

397

430

339

213

233

Foston Hall

17

19

26

26

23

28

9

Frankland

15

21

18

24

26

31

41

Full Sutton

8

15

27

37

45

52

52

Garth

36

23

27

59

63

65

91

Gartree

1

1

2

9

8

12

9

Glen Parva

222

241

230

269

341

364

464

Gloucester

56

36

62

41

56

47

63

Grendon / Spring Hill

4

5

4

2

2

5

1

Guys Marsh

43

41

49

43

57

73

68

Haslar

5

1

2

1

8

15

Haverigg

19

17

22

30

41

68

80

Hewell Cluster

67

Hewell Grange

1

6

1

3

1

High Down

85

97

119

101

134

118

157

Highpoint

130

82

91

72

74

80

82

Hindley

88

177

63

112

348

498

493

Hollesley Bay

179

45

1

4

2

3

2

Holloway

98

91

80

94

121

118

112

Holme House

71

89

69

86

98

124

96

Hull

84

91

168

166

121

140

87

Huntercombe

44

77

79

95

184

280

392

Kennet

5

27

Kingston

2

3

1

3

1

Kirkham

3

1

4

3

1

3

2

Kirklevington

1

2

Lancaster

12

11

4

10

10

20

13

Lancaster Farms

130

17

185

435

363

357

326

Latchmere House

1

Leeds

96

148

137

109

104

92

81

Leicester

70

59

53

42

51

34

40

Lewes

89

104

60

62

73

63

130

Leyhill

3

5

6

7

4

4

Lincoln

81

68

47

56

60

87

121

Lindholme

17

43

42

33

37

52

57

Littlehey

31

32

37

41

39

38

22

Liverpool

94

109

118

127

162

226

222

Long Lartin

16

17

16

36

38

43

29

Low Newton

94

117

89

62

68

65

74

Lowdham Grange

20

19

20

37

73

41

47

Maidstone

16

¦10

21

14

11

18

15

Manchester

191

217

182

142

172

127

143

Moorland

177

139

34

94

89

91

86

Moorland Open (Hatfield)

28

11

3

8

1

1

2

Morton Hall

7

13

16

9

15

12

8

Mount

17

25

16

55

48

45

77

New Hall

47

32

77

84

44

56

64

North Sea Camp

4

3

7

2

2

Northallerton

80

82

84

104

82

100

99

Norwich

132

128

11

20

40

13

4

Nottingham

61

66

74

64

55

85

82

Onley

516

509

161

152

153

216

223

Pare

198

233

227

247

241

315

381

Parkhurst

16

34

38

37

33

9

Pentonville

129

165

120

139

155

145

186

Peterborough

100

221

221

213

Portland

71

61

125

154

127

193

165

Preston

23

71

62

77

78

105

117

Ranby

39

38

19

30

52

42

67

Reading

7

23

25

76

57

45

25

Risley

39

60

107

103

102

108

112

Rochester

32

51

102

78

100

75

143

Rye Hill

10

19

40

53

65

66

35

Send

4

5

2

17

11

7

13

Shepton Mallet

10

3

3

1

4

2

Shrewsbury

35

44

41

50

29

39

40

Stafford

11

19

41

58

39

76

62

Standford Hill

2

3

2

7

5

4

3

Stocken

37

36

33

39

43

60

57

Stoke Heath

241

137

239

438

506

527

500

Styal

13

9

28

25

39

58

39

Sudbury

1

1

1

2

4

1

Swaleside

32

25

25

32

41

52

57

Swansea

9

16

16

20

30

19

26

Swinfen Hall

127

110

96

104

89

88

88

Thorn Cross

56

39

7

19

143

84

42

Usk/Prescoed

1

2

1

3

1

11

13

Verne

10

13

16

22

9

10

18

Wakefield

10

8

18

26

24

17

36

Wandsworth

54

51

74

77

69

95

59

Warren Hill

93

162

256

268

321

334

Wayland

23

65

51

59

49

58

56

Wealstun

9

14

7

9

28

24

41

Weare

48

52

55

23

Wellingborough

12

17

12

30

49

35

76

Werrington

114

129

104

139

144

141

197

Wetherby

41

175

414

492

403

353

389

Whatton

3

9

5

2

8

16

26

Whitemoor

30

18

15

21

22

31

27

Winchester

43

65

57

47

35

26

29

Wolds

52

27

41

23

30

49

50

Woodhill

7

27

51

67

57

52

93

Wormwood Scrubs

69

89

129

142

147

137

124

Wymott

8

3

9

24

30

28

Total

8,686

8,946

9,401

10,876

11,514

11,986

12,740

Table 2: Prisoner on prisoner assault incidents in female prisons1

Prison

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Askham Grange

1

1

1

1

2

Bronzefield

37

92

113

98

103

Downview

13

6

14

29

25

12

12

Drake Hall

3

13

7

9

6

20

8

East Sutton Park

3

1

Eastwood Park

14

23

31

51

47

15

10

Foston Hall

17

19

26

26

23

28

9

Holloway

98

91

80

94

121

118

112

Low Newton

94

117

89

62

68

65

74

Morton Hall

7

13

16

9

15

12

8

New Hall

47

32

77

84

44

56

64

Send

4

5

2

17

11

7

13

Styal

13

9

28

25

39

58

39

Total

311

328

411

498

513

490

455

Table 3: Prisoner on prisoner assault incidents in young offender institutions1

Prison

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Ashfield

429

271

304

500

625

653

608

Aylesbury

44

26

21

78

80

79

91

Brinsford

281

304

326

344

187

187

324

Castington

363

312

384

361

360

385

433

Cookham Wood

7

12

7

2

4

5

19

Deerbolt

154

167

205

164

152

160

180

Feltham

459

569

576

549

476

428

552

Glen Parva

222

241

230

269

341

364

464

Hindley

88

177

63

112

348

498

493

Huntercombe

44

77

79

95

184

280

392

Lancaster Farms

130

17

185

435

363

357

326

Northallerton

80

82

84

104

82

100

99

Portland

71

61

125

154

127

193

165

Reading

7

23

25

76

57

45

25

Rochester

32

51

102

78

100

75

143

Stoke Heath

241

137

239

438

506

527

500

Warren Hill

93

162

256

268

321

334

Werrington

114

129

104

139

144

141

197

Wetherby

41

175

414

492

403

353

389

Total

2,807

2,924

3,635

4,646

4,807

5,151

5,734

Table 4: Prisoner on officer assault incidents by prison

Establishment

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Acklington

2

3

3

5

7

9

9

Albany

2

3

3

Altcourse

45

43

40

44

36

50

43

Ashfield

124

62

71

152

127

86

128

Ashwell

1

1

4

2

3

Aylesbury

12

15

5

15

18

13

27

Bedford

17

13

10

14

27

12

13

Belmarsh

82

52

43

34

22

22

14

Birmingham

53

58

83

93

78

78

72

Blakenhurst

10

25

51

44

31

35

12

Blundeston

3

2

4

7

7

1

11

Brinsford

24

31

26

17

8

12

17

Bristol

51

25

45

28

41

14

34

Brixton

73

48

64

49

37

36

31

Brockhill

13

5

10

14

9

3

2

Bronzefield

17

85

77

41

80

Buckley Hall

12

36

16

23

10

11

9

Bullingdon

24

23

14

15

22

21

21

Bullwood Hall

1

8

6

2

5

Camp Hill

8

12

8

12

5

5

Canterbury

4

7

4

4

3

4

8

Cardiff

14

11

15

19

14

3

4

Castington

53

52

53

50

42

41

28

Channings Wood

3

4

10

8

7

16

17

Chelmsford

25

15

21

37

51

21

13

Coldingley

2

7

3

Cookham Wood

2

14

5

3

1

2

1

Dartmoor

10

9

5

11

7

8

15

Deerbolt

9

5

25

32

21

34

36

Doncaster

30

25

22

24

45

28

16

Dorchester

2

4

2

9

9

8

8

Dovegate

29

46

75

34

55

41

15

Dover

10

4

3

4

12

26

Downview

10

6

7

29

9

11

6

Drake Hall

1

1

1

1

Durham

24

34

29

41

43

57

60

East Sutton Park

1

1

Eastwood Park

5

11

7

21

25

8

6

Edmunds Hill

9

20

9

13

2

5

Elmley

23

25

20

30

17

27

39

Erlestoke

2

2

2

9

6

Everthorpe

2

2

2

9

13

12

6

Exeter

12

11

2

7

11

8

6

Featherstone

17

8

18

5

9

16

7

Feltham

83

102

169

129

115

103

89

Ford

1

3

7

5

2

4

3

Forest Bank

39

62

75

82

50

33

28

Foston Hall

28

14

8

11

25

25

12

Frankland

12

5

13

9

10

19

13

Full Sutton

7

11

11

17

12

8

19

Garth

8

10

5

6

8

8

11

Gartree

1

2

3

1

3

Glen Parva

41

27

39

31

40

50

38

Gloucester

12

13

6

12

13

6

6

Grendon / Spring Hill

1

Guys Marsh

1

6

5

3

12

15

16

Haslar

1

Haverigg

2

6

2

1

4

17

10

Hewell Cluster

9

Hewell Grange

2

1

High Down

59

45

56

38

69

66

99

Highpoint

46

20

18

13

22

20

25

Hindley

25

23

13

30

55

41

50

Hollesley Bay

18

4

3

Holloway

88

88

93

78

99

90

95

Holme House

13

20

18

27

24

20

14

Hull

16

27

29

33

23

30

20

Huntercombe

15

18

15

14

32

22

31

Kingston

2

1

1

2

Kirkham

1

2

1

Kirklevington

2

Lancaster

1

3

1

2

1

2

Lancaster Farms

20

9

27

46

51

31

16

Leeds

56

75

39

36

16

18

17

Leicester

15

11

5

7

16

7

9

Lewes

14

20

10

15

13

14

20

Leyhill

1

1

3

1

Lincoln

20

11

21

20

15

22

34

Lindholme

5

18

5

12

13

19

22

Littlehey

6

12

10

10

5

2

1

Liverpool

37

45

35

21

18

30

34

Long Lartin

7

5

5

15

11

15

9

Low Newton

27

16

24

27

19

18

24

Lowdham Grange

4

4

12

16

34

39

31

Maidstone

2

6

5

1

5

3

Manchester

53

58

59

69

65

77

69

Moorland

22

21

13

20

16

14

21

Morton Hall

4

1

3

2

5

1

Mount

5

13

7

8

15

20

20

New Hall

25

21

14

23

57

46

24

North Sea Camp

1

2

1

1

Northallerton

6

11

13

10

6

5

5

Norwich

24

24

17

18

17

1

3

Nottingham

12

15

28

12

22

43

27

Onley

68

86

13

27

29

23

12

Pare

27

55

57

44

48

48

53

Parkhurst

9

18

16

14

2

7

Pentonville

113

90

94

120

59

61

86

Peterborough

72

134

111

75

Portland

22

15

39

37

41

37

24

Preston

10

9

17

24

29

44

47

Ranby

9

8

3

3

16

16

26

Reading

6

7

16

14

11

9

11

Risley

15

18

26

32

28

23

21

Rochester

5

15

16

23

13

4

29

Rye Hill

18

20

38

65

47

41

14

Send

2

4

2

3

1

4

Shepton Mallet

2

1

1

1

Shrewsbury

3

11

3

3

6

5

4

Stafford

8

10

6

13

11

8

9

Standford Hill

1

1

1

Stocken

10

9

8

12

7

9

15

Stoke Heath

47

20

37

52

63

65

53

Styal

4

7

12

13

32

45

18

Sudbury

2

1

Swaleside

29

17

16

7

10

5

7

Swansea

5

6

4

3

5

3

Swinfen Hall

7

8

4

10

9

9

10

Thorn Cross

1

3

1

1

3

1

1

Usk/Prescoed

1

1

2

Verne

1

1

5

3

1

Wakefield

7

7

7

9

8

12

12

Wandsworth

79

73

84

86

36

31

36

Warren Hill

12

19

34

35

46

43

Wayland

7

11

8

2

9

10

18

Wealstun

2

3

3

6

12

Weare

9

10

6

4

Wellingborough

1

1

1

16

13

5

13

Werrington

5

21

18

19

20

12

30

Wetherby

9

11

70

66

56

35

39

Whatton

1

1

4

11

5

Whitemoor

22

15

16

18

10

22

18

Winchester

13

13

13

10

10

3

3

Wolds

12

7

10

3

8

2

7

Woodhill

16

35

39

71

68

52

39

Wormwood Scrubs

54

37

69

57

54

69

62

Wymott

1

4

4

4

9

Total

2,370

2,366

2,593

2,977

2,962

2,737

2,724

Table 5: Prisoner on officer assault incidents in female prisons

Establishment

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Bronzefield

17

85

77

41

80

Downview

10

6

7

29

9

11

6

Drake Hall

1

1

1

1

East Sutton Park

1

1

Eastwood Park

5

11

7

21

25

8

6

Foston Hall

28

14

8

11

25

25

12

Holloway

88

88

93

78

99

90

95

Low Newton

27

16

24

27

19

18

24

Morton Hall

4

1

3

2

5

1

New Hall

25

21

14

23

57

46

24

Send

2

4

2

3

1

4

Styal

4

7

12

13

32

45

18

Total

194

169

169

207

275

245

190

Table 6: Prisoner on officer assault incidents in young offender institutions

Establishment

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Ashfield

124

62

71

152

127

86

128

Aylesbury

12

15

5

15

18

13

27

Brinsford

24

31

26

17

8

12

17

Castington

53

52

53

50

42

41

28

Cookham Wood

2

14

5

3

1

2

1

Deerbolt

9

5

25

32

21

34

36

Feltham

83

102

169

129

115

103

89

Glen Parva

41

27

39

31

40

50

38

Hindley

25

23

13

30

55

41

50

Huntercombe

15

18

15

14

32

22

31

Lancaster Farms

20

9

27

46

51

31

16

Northallerton

6

11

13

10

6

5

5

Portland

22

15

39

37

41

37

24

Reading

6

7

16

14

11

9

11

Rochester

5

15

16

23

13

4

29

Stoke Heath

47

20

37

52

63

65

53

Thorn Cross

1

3

1

1

3

1

1

Warren Hill

12

19

34

35

46

43

Werrington

5

21

18

19

20

12

30

Wetherby

9

11

70

66

56

35

39

Total

509

473

677

775

758

649

696

1Notes to assault incident tables: 1. Recent assaults data from prisons using the new NOMIS computer system (Albany, Camp Hill and Parkhurst) are excluded. 2. “—” indicates that there have either been no assaults in that period or that the data are not available or applicable for that period (for example, if the prison has been using a different reporting system or has re-roled). Those prisons affected by re-roling are listed in the following table. 3. Assault risk is unevenly distributed around the prison estate and changes over time. The following list contains the major changes such as prisons opening, closing and re-roling etc. which affect assault figures. These need to be taken into account when interpreting changes from one year to the next.

Prison

Year

Change

Blakenhurst

2008

Merged to form HMP Hewell

Hewell Grange

2008

Merged to form HMP Hewell

Brockhill

2008

Merged to form HMP Hewell

Cookham Wood

2008

Female to Under 18 Male

Kennet

2007

First opened

Brockhill

2006

Female to Male

Bulwood Hall

2006

Female to Male

Peterborough

2005

First opened

Durham

2005

Female wing closed

Onley

2005

YOI to YOI+Cat C

Swinfen Hall

2005

YOI to YOI+Cat C

Weare

2005

Closed

Buckley Hall

2005

Female to Male

Edmunds Hill

2005

Female to Male

Winchester

2004

Female wing closed

Bronzefield

2004

First opened

Edmunds Hill

2003

First opened

Warren Hill

2003

First opened

Buckley Hall

2002

Male to Female

Rochester

2002

Adult + YOI to YOI

Downview

2002

Male to Female