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Prison Sentences

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison places are available at each prison serving the Greater Manchester area when at full capacity; and how many prisoners were serving sentences at each such prison on the latest date for which figures are available. (300817)

The following table gives the numbers of prisoners serving sentences in prison establishments in the North West region at the end of June 2009, the latest date for which figures are available.

Establishment

Operational capacity

Sentenced population

Held on remand and civil offenders

Total held in custody

Altcourse

1324

975

339

1,314

Buckley Hall

381

377

0

377

Forest Bank

1160

697

447

1,144

Garth

847

817

0

817

Hindley

515

218

71

289

Haverigg

644

629

0

629

Kirkham

590

566

2

568

Kennet

342

336

0

336

Lancaster Castle

243

228

0

228

Lancaster Farms

530

392

101

493

Liverpool

1,445

990

347

1,337

Manchester

1,286

846

380

1,226

Preston

842

411

335

746

Risley

1,093

1,079

1

1,080

Styal

458

317

133

450

Thorn Cross

322

301

0

301

Wymott

1,144

1,126

1

1,127

Total

13,166

10,305

2157

12,462

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

The operational capacity of a prison is the total number of prisoners that an establishment can hold taking into account control, security and the proper operation of the planned regime. It is determined by area managers on the basis of operational judgment and experience.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners sentenced to serve an indeterminate sentence for public protection were over tariff (a) having had a parole hearing and (b) not yet having had a parole hearing on the most recent date for which figures are available; (300818)

(2) how many cases involving prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection processed by the Parole Board were (a) resolved, (b) deferred or adjourned at the hearing and (c) deferred or cancelled at the pre-hearing stage in each month in each of the last five years.

We are in the process of undertaking an audit of data on outstanding parole reviews for prisoners serving an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP). I will write to the hon. Member, once the audit is complete and will place a copy of the reply in the Library.

The number of prisoners serving IPP sentences, whose parole applications were referred to the Parole Board, and which were (a) resolved, (b) deferred or adjourned at the hearing and (c) deferred or cancelled at the pre-hearing stage in each month since the inception of IPP sentences are shown in the tables below. The information has been collated from data held by the Parole Board. It is broken down by month and financial year categorised as: resolved by oral hearing; resolved by paper decision; deferred or adjourned at hearing; and cancelled or deferred before the hearing was convened. (The monthly split for cases deferred or adjourned at the hearing is not available for the financial year 2006-07.)

2006-07

Resolved by oral hearing

Resolved by paper decision

Deferred or adjourned at hearing

Cancelled or deferred pre-hearing

April 2006

3

0

n/a

0

May 2006

0

0

n/a

2

June 2006

1

0

n/a

1

July 2006

1

0

n/a

2

August 2006

2

0

n/a

0

September 2006

3

0

n/a

4

October 2006

2

0

n/a

5

November 2006

5

0

n/a

3

December 2006

7

0

n/a

1

January 2007

5

0

n/a

4

February 2007

10

0

n/a

5

March 2007

11

0

n/a

6

Financial year total

50

0

124

33

1 This is the annual total as monthly figures are not available for 2006-07

2007-08

Resolved by oral hearing

Resolved by paper decision

Deferred or adjourned at hearing

Cancelled or deferred pre-hearing

April 2007

12

0

1

6

May 2007

11

0

2

3

June 2007

22

0

3

6

July 2007

30

0

3

16

August 2007

15

0

0

6

September 2007

33

0

8

11

October 2007

13

0

4

0

November 2007

32

8

7

11

December 2007

17

0

6

2

January 2008

8

4

3

3

February 2008

6

3

4

6

March 2008

10

10

3

2

Financial year total

209

25

44

72

2008-09

Resolved, by oral hearing

Resolved by paper decision

Deferred or adjourned at hearing

Cancelled or deferred pre hearing

April 2008

18

3

5

5

May 2008

21

9

5

3

June 2008

30

5

4

11

July 2008

25

3

10

13

August 2008

32

0

9

5

September 2008

40

2

7

11

October 2008

47

10

8

8

November 2008

45

9

13

8

December 2008

49

13

14

19

January 2009

31

7

14

18

February 2009

54

33

16

20

March 2009

41

35

18

10

Financial year total

433

119

123

131

1 Figures for resolved by paper decision are not available for October 2008

2009-10

Resolved by oral hearing

Resolved by paper decision

Deferred or adjourned at hearing

Cancelled or deferred pre-hearing

April 2009

46

28

4

14

May 2009

46

46

6

12

June 2009

84

35

21

23

July 2009

84

25

21

24

August 2009

47

31

21

22

September 2009

83

38

10

19

Financial year total

390

203

83

114