Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Prisoners' payout 'doubled to £3m'

Compensation payments to prisoners in England and Wales almost doubled last year, figures have revealed
Compensation payments to prisoners in England and Wales almost doubled last year, figures have revealed

Compensation payments to prisoners in England and Wales almost doubled last year to more than £3 million, official figures have revealed.

The figure includes £1.6 million paid out in 12 cases of medical negligence which were settled in 2009/10 and more than £530,000 paid to victims of assaults by prison staff.

In 2008/09 a total of £1,669,312 was paid out, but in 2009/10 payments totalled £3,286,521.

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association show that last year £1,609,250 was paid out in medical negligence cases and £534,628 was paid out in compensation for assaults by staff.

Also, £259,943 was paid out for unlawful detention, the data showed.

The figures reveal that in the last five years £13,069,631 was paid out in compensation to prisoners.

The highest single payout since 2005/06 was £2.8 million for a personal injury claim, with the second biggest payment £1.14 million for medical negligence.

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