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Prisons: Closed Visits

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons have closed visits; and whether there are plans to trial closed visits in prisons which operate open visits. (301382)

The provision of closed visits facilities at each establishment is not centrally recorded. Governors may vary the conditions under which social visits take place or introduce measures to restrict the level of contact between the prisoner and their visitor during the course of the visit. Social visits will generally take place in an open environment and any decision to impose restrictions on contact must be made on an individual basis in relation to a particular prisoner or visitor and be proportionate to risk. This proportionality test is a requirement under legislation and there are no plans to change this.