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Prisoners Release: Mentally Ill

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the number of prisoners who are suffering from serious mental health problems who have been released from prison in each of the last five years. (300803)

Information is not available in the form requested. Where a prisoner is suffering from a mental disorder which requires treatment in hospital, he/she can be transferred to hospital by the Secretary of State. Numbers of transfers of sentenced prisoners in England and Wales over the last five years for which published information is available were 296 (in 2003), 346 (in 2004), 356 (in 2005), 421 (in 2006) and 394 (in 2007). Prisoners have the same rights to treatment in prison for mental disorder, under NHS In-Reach provision, as they would have in the community. There is however no direct correlation between serious mental health problems and the need to be treated in a hospital.