Public protection

To protect the public, prisons must hold prisoners securely. This not only prevents further offences being committed, but is an important foundation for the wider work of prisons in reforming offenders.

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A prisoner escapes from prison if they unlawfully gain their liberty (for 15 minutes or more) by breaching the secure perimeter of a closed prison, or if during prison staff escort, overcome the control of escorting staff and leave the escort, the van or the building (hospital etc.) Those who escape for less than 15 minutes and commit an offence are also recorded as an escape.

Escapes are monitored to analyse the frequency across the estate and identify any trends nationally, also taking into consideration the management of risk to the public.

YearEscapes
2017-184
2016-177
2015-165
2014-151
2013-144
2012-131
2011-124
2010-112
2009-105
2008-095
2007-086
2006-078
2005-0611
2004-0520
2003-0416
2002-0317
2001-0226
2000-0119
1999-0038
1998-9935
1997-9833
1996-9753
1995-9688

Apr 2017 to Mar 2018 4

Escapes detail


An abscond is an escape that does not involve overcoming a physical security restraint such as that provided by a wall or fence, locks, bolts or bars, a secure vehicle, handcuffs or the direct supervision of staff.

Absconds are monitored to analyse the frequency across the open estate and identify any trends nationally also taking into consideration, the management of risk to the public.

YearAbsconds
2017-18139
2016-1786
2015-16105
2014-15181
2013-14225
2012-13204
2011-12175
2010-11235
2009-10269
2008-09361
2007-08511
2006-07553
2005-06709
2004-05870
2003-041,301
2002-03947
2001-02781
2000-01787
1999-00907
1998-99965
1997-981,056
1996-971,115
1995-96956

Apr 2017 to Mar 2018 139

Absconds detail


Release On Temporary Licence (ROTL) allows eligible prisoners to be temporarily released for precisely defined activities that cannot be provided in prisons.

A failure occurs when a prisoner fails to adhere to any condition written into the licence that permits their temporary release. Such conditions include the date and time by which the prisoner is required to return to the prison and may also place restrictions on where the prisoner may go and whom they may visit during the period of release.

Prisoners must be fully risk assessed before release is granted and must sign a temporary release licence setting out the applicable conditions and the duration of the licence.

YearTemporary release failures
2017-18350
2016-17267
2015-16162
2014-15195
2013-14370
2012-13431
2011-12404
2010-11281
2009-10274
2008-09277
2007-08248
2006-07306
2005-06360
2004-05366

Apr 2017 to Mar 2018 350

Temporary release failures detail


An internal audit that assesses, on a four point scale, the level to which effective security procedures are adhered to within each prison.

Security audit detail

2017-18

Security auditCount
Rating 443
Rating 370
Rating 25
Rating 10

The percentage of completed indeterminate and determinate sentenced prisoner dossiers that are submitted to the Parole Board within 8 weeks of the review commencement date.

Generic parole process (GPP) detail

2017-18

Generic parole process (GPP)Count
Achieved target89
Did not achieve target29
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