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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

July 15, 2004: New Prison Service Annual Report Out Today

The Prison Service Annual Report has been published today. The report outlines performance in public sector prisons over the past year, and notes that HM Prison Service met nine of its fourteen Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

  • There were 15 escapes from prisons and prison escorts, and no Category A escapes
  • There was only one escape from escort per 39,377 prisoners
  • Average staff sickness rate was 13.3 days
  • The rate for timely delivery of prisoners to court was 82%
  • Resettlement: 32,592 prisoners had a job, education or training within a month of release
  • 5.5% of staff were from a minority ethnic group
  • Education targets were significantly exceeded in most areas, including Work Skills awards and Basic Skills awards
  • 9,169 offending behaviour programmes were completed (though the target of 1168 sex offender treatment programme completions was not met)

The Service failed to meet five key performance targets:

  • The rate of positive mandatory drug tests was 12.3% against the target of 10%
  • The rate of self-inflicted deaths was 135.9 per 100,000 prisoners against a target of 112.8 (a small improvement on the 2002/3 rate)
  • The provision of purposeful activity was an average 23.2 hours per week against a target of 24 hours
  • The average rate of doubling, or the no. of prisoners held two to a cell designed for one, was 21.7% against a target of 18%
  • The rate of serious assaults was 1.54% against a target of 1.20%