A study released by the Ministry of Justice has shown that more than 10 million pounds has been awarded in compensation payments to prison inmates over the past five years.
Although the large majority of claims are in respect of “processing” delays, leading to the delayed release of prisoners, four payments in excess of 50,000 pounds were made in the last financial year in personal injury compensation and more than 1.6 million pounds in medical negligence compensation.
A representative from the Ministry of Justice stated “The vast majority of prisoners’ compensation claims are relatively trivial, do not merit financial redress, and are dismissed at an early stage. All claims are robustly defended, and would only be settled on the basis of strong legal advice, and in order to seek the best value for the taxpayer. Compensation would then be determined following judicial guidelines and a full analysis of the available evidence.”