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Prisoner Escapes

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have escaped while being transferred between prisons in each month of the last five years. (298454)

There have been two escapes on an inter prison transfer in the past five years. These occurred in October 2005 and March 2006.

Escapes have been falling for over a decade with the current low levels having been sustained for some years now. This is despite considerable increases in population over the same period. Rigorous investigations following any escape are designed to highlight any failings and ensure they are not repeated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have (a) escaped from custody and (b) been returned to custody having escaped in the each month of the last five years. (298455)

Escapes from prison have been falling for over a decade and last year saw the lowest level of prison escapes since centralised recording of these incidents began. The data in the following table show the number of prisoners who have escaped from prisons in England and Wales between 1 April 2004 and 5 November 2009 and those who have been returned to custody. There have been 24 escapes in this period and 22 of these prisoners have been returned to custody.

Prisoners escaping from prison establishments between 1 April 2004 to 5 November 2009 by month of escape and showing numbers returned to custody

Escapes from custody

Returned to custody

January 2004

0

0

February 2004

0

0

March 2004

0

0

April 2004

0

0

May 2004

1

1

June 2004

0

0

July 2004

0

0

August 2004

0

0

September 2004

2

2

October 2004

1

1

November 2004

1

1

December 2004

3

3

2004 total

8

8

January 2005

0

0

February 2005

2

2

March 2005

0

0

April 2005

0

0

May 2005

0

0

June 2005

0

0

July 2005

0

0

August 2005

1

1

September 2005

0

0

October 2005

0

0

November 2005

0

0

December 2005

0

0

2005 total

3

3

January 2006

2

2

February 2006

0

0

March 2006

0

0

April 2006

0

0

May 2006

0

0

June 2006

1

1

July 2006

0

0

August 2006

0

0

September 2006

1

1

October 2006

0

0

November 2006

0

0

December 2006

0

0

2006 total

4

4

January 2007

0

0

February 2007

0

0

March 2007

0

0

April 2007

0

0

May 2007

0

0

June 2007

0

0

July 2007

0

0

August 2007

1

1

September 2007

2

2

October 2007

0

0

November 2007

0

0

December 2007

0

0

2007 total

3

3

January 2008

0

0

February 2008

0

0

March 2008

1

0

April 2008

0

0

May 2008

0

0

June 2008

0

0

July 2008

0

0

August 2008

0

0

September 2008

0

0

October 2008

0

0

November 2008

0

0

December 2008

0

0

2008 total

1

0

January 2009

0

0

February 2009

0

0

March 2009

1

1

April 2009

0

0

May 2009

1

0

June 2009

0

0

July 2009

1

1

August 2009

0

0

September 2009

0

0

October 2009

0

0

2009 total

3

2

Data include key performance indicator escapes only and exclude incidents where prisoners are immediately recaptured (ie within 15 minutes of escaping).