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The prison operational workforce

Inquiry

Following the announcement that a General Election will be held on 4 July, Select Committees will be unable to meet from 24 May and will cease to exist from 30 May until after the General Election. This work has therefore closed.

This inquiry examines the current state of the prison operational workforce. It seeks to understand why high volumes of prison officers are leaving the prison service and the implications of staff turnover against the backdrop of existing pressures. The inquiry also explores what measures are underway to recruit and retain staff and examines whether the prison service will be adequately resourced to manage the projected prison population increase.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 13 January 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Letter from Sir Robert Neill MP KC (Hon), Chair, Justice Committee to Mike Freer MP, Minister for Courts and Legal Services, dated 23 May 2024, regarding The prison operational workforce Inquiry
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Correspondence
Letter from Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Minister for Prisons and Probation, dated 4 May 2023, follow up information from the sessions on 29 March and 18 April 2023
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Oral evidence transcripts

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18 April 2023
Inquiry The prison operational workforce
Witnesses Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP (Minister of State at Ministry of Justice), and Michelle Jarman-Howe (Chief Operating Officer Prisons at Ministry of Justice)
Oral Evidence
29 March 2023
Inquiry The prison operational workforce
Witnesses Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP (Minister of State at Ministry of Justice), and Michelle Jarman-Howe (Chief Operating Officer Prisons at Ministry of Justice)
Oral Evidence
21 March 2023
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Witnesses Charlie Taylor (HM Chief Inspector at HM Inspectorate of Prisons), and Dame Anne Owers (National Chair at Independent Monitoring Boards)
Oral Evidence
Justice Committee Prison Operational Workforce Survey (PRI0066)
Ministry of Justice (PRI0065)
Unlocked Graduates (PRI0064)

Other publications

No other publications published.

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