Sky Report...The NOM's scale of staff corruption

John Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

This request has been prompted entirely by the Sky News report of today which suggested inter alia that a significant percentage of NOM's staff are corrupt.

I have researched various open sources, incl. Hansard and the MoJ's own web-site; from these I note that: -

In answers to earlier parliamentary questions, NOMS has stated that it gathers intelligence about staff corruption which it analyses to identify the nature and guise of the threat.

Research suggests NOMS commenced this work in 2007 and it is undertaken as part of an on-going process by the Professional Standards Unit.

Q.1 I wish to know in the year 1st January 2009 to 31st December 2009 how many NOMS staff were the subject of intelligence reports that they were corrupt and what, in percentage terms, was the nature and guise of that corruption.

I want to emphasise that I am not asking for any personal data, or to know at which prisons the corruption is highest, but simply a number and its percentage breakdown by corruption category.

i.e. In 2009 NOMS PSU received intelligence to suggest seventy two staff were corrupt and of these 35% were suspected to be trafficking drugs, 25% bringing in phones and 40% assisting prisoners to escape.

Parliament has been informed this work has been undertaken, I now merely seek the results which my enquiries would suggest, because of a change of government, have never been addressed.

I will not accept any response that suggests this information is sensitive or confidential....for it's publication can only prove or disprove the Sky journalist's assumption that the Prison Service is beset with staff corruption.

As I am sure you are aware, non-disclosure cannot be justified because publishing the answer would "shame" the holder.

Q.2 In 2000, Prof Tim Newburn was commissioned by the Minister for Prisons to report on Prison Staff corruption, what were the principal findings of his report?

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

Over, Darren \(ARU\), Ministry of Justice

Freedom of Information Request FOI/68286/10

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07-DEC-10 Our Ref:FOI/68286/10

Dear John Smith,

SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Request

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Joanne Noakes
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