Inaccuracies in so called large scale recording systems. Cited from HL4968 (Citation: HL Deb, 16 June 2020, cW) and theyworkforyou.com

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Philip Charles Swift

Dear Ministry of Justice,

Lord Keen of Elie stated 'The detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system'. How does he know this for sure?; is it proven?. There are only 117 prisons in England and Wales and the dataset involves only a) the prison name and b) the total number of prisoners sharing cells. The other metric (labelled 'proportion' but expressed as a percentage!) has to be assumed to be derived from a calculation using the named prisons whole incarcerated population which is not stated.
This is hardly a large-scale record or recording system. Geographically possibly, mathematically no.

Additionally he states 'On arrival into custody, all prisoners’ suitability to share a cell is risk assessed. These assessments are based on numerous factors including index offence, health concerns and security information (such as beliefs and prejudices).'

This is inaccurate in my experience. The rule book may state this however in real-world terms it is just not possible.

Due to overcrowding (still) arrivals get put in with anyone with no checks and if they contest this with an Officer, the Officer has no room to manoeuvre administration wise. This means two people are now mentally compromised due the lack of action by The Government. It seems rather weird that all lives matter but only if they are outside of the Prison estates. 'The heart doth not bleed over what the eye does not see'

Can I humbly ask the question to the Lord will he consider using the word 'should' when giving statements, unless he has proof otherwise. This kind of statement directly affects the incredible and stoic work that Prison Officers have to do.

Yours faithfully,

Philip Charles Swift

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Philip Charles Swift

Dear Disclosure Team,

Thank you for your reply. I will submit a new question with focus only on the Freedom of Information.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Charles Swift

Philip Charles Swift

Dear Disclosure Team,

Thank you. I will send official correspondence and research the FOIA element.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Charles Swift

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