Disclosure Details

Prisoner Information - 011/13

Dated: 15 Jan 2013

Date of request:      04/01/13

Date of response:   10/01/13

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 4 January 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. Please could you tell me the number of times that a 'prison lock-out' prisoner was held overnight in police custody:
    a) in 2012
    b) in 2011

    By 'prison lock-out' prisoner, I am referring to a prisoner who has been in custody in a prison before being brought there.

  2. Please also provide, where possible, the reasons for each instance where a police cell was used in this way 

  3. The location of the cell (e.g. XX Police Station),

  4. and the name of the prison in which the prisoner was usually resident.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

This response is based on information that is contained in the computerised custody recording system.

  1. Eleven 'Locked Out Prisoners' are recorded as being held in Northumbria Police cells during each of 2011 and 2012. Please note, 'Locked Out Prisoners' are those who have been remanded or sentenced to imprisonment by the court but cannot be delivered to prison before prison reception closes for the day. It is not possible to identify which of them had been produced from prison prior to remand/sentencing and which were 'locked out' after a first appearance at court. 

  2. The reason for detention is recorded only as 'Remand Prisoner Not Accepted by Prison'. The individual circumstances of each lock out are not recorded . However, the most common scenario is that the prisoner has been remanded or sentenced by the court late in the working day and there is insufficient time for the  escort contractor to get them to the prison.

  3. See below attachment

  4. See below attachment

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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