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.
Visit prisons and probation statistics for data sources and more details.
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.
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.
Apr 2017 to Mar 2018 139
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.
|Year||Temporary release failures|
Apr 2017 to Mar 2018 350
From Apr to Sep 2018 there were 241 temporary release failures.
An internal audit that assesses, on a four point scale, the level to which effective security procedures are adhered to within each prison.
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)||Count|
|Did not achieve target||29|