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Probation: Prison Service

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what targets his Department has set for the (a) probation and (b) e for 2009-10. (290877)

The national targets that have been set for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Agency for 2009-10 are shown in the following table. In addition, there are more detailed targets in the service level agreements and contracts of public and private prison and probation providers against which performance is assessed.


Combined NOMS Agency Measures

Target 2009-10


Reduce re-offending (PSA 23) - 10% reduction on 2005 levels by 2011


No Category A escapes

National 0


The rate of escapes from prison and prison escorts to be no more than 0.05% of the average prison population

National 0.05%


Fewer than 1 in 20,000 escapes from contractor escorts

National 1 in 20,000


70% of orders or licences successfully completed

Regional Minimum 70%


The rate of drug misuse in prisons is less than 9.3% as reflected by those testing positive in mandatory drug tests

9.3% (incl. bupre-norphine)


The proportion of accredited programme starts that meet the OGRS/Risk of Serious Harm eligibility criteria where relevant to be at least 80%

National 80%

Agency wide

The percentage of offenders in employment at termination of their sentence, order or licence to be at least 35% (PSA 16)


Agency wide

The percentage of offenders in settled and suitable accommodation at the end of their sentence, order or licence to be at least 79% (PSA 16)



The rate of serious assaults is less than 1.9% of the prison population



The percentage of prisoners held in overcrowded accommodation is less than 26% across the prison system

National <26%

Agency wide

Staff sickness does not exceed an average of 10.5 days per annum in public sector

National 10.5

Agency wide

Ethnic minority staff for the NOMS. Agency, expressed as a proportion of the workforce who have declared their ethnicity, is at least 8.5% by April 2010

National 8.5%