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Prisons: Crimes of Violence

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many assaults that resulted in (a) serious injury and (b) hospitalisation took place in English and Welsh prisons in each year since 2006. (321744)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has a responsibility to keep prisoners, staff and visitors safe. The management of violence and its reduction, including support for staff, is central to successful prison management. It is fundamental to NOMS objectives and vital to achieving the broad aims of safer custody.

Every establishment, whether private or public, has a local violence reduction strategy which engages all staff, all disciplines and prisoners in challenging unacceptable behaviour, problem-solving and personal safety. This includes environmental and physical measures, as well as alternative ways of managing behaviour.

The information requested is shown in the following table. The NOMS uses data drawn from large administrative databases which capture a wide range of information recorded locally by individual prisons. Data for 2009 are currently being checked and validated.

Assault Incidents

2006

2007

2008

Total assaults resulting in serious injury

1,057

1,148

1,177

Serious injury and in-patient admission

183

161

184

Other assaults not serious injury resulting in in-patient admission

52

49

49

Total assaults resulting in in-patient admission

235

210

233