[See: New Counter Corruption Unit]

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE PRISON CORRUPTION TABLES 2013-2018

Source: MOJ, London, Issued: May 2019

Table 1) The total number of prison staff investigated for misconduct by year, since 2014, broken down by type of misconduct
Table 2) The total number of prison staff dismissed for misconduct by year, since 2014, broken down by type of misconduct
Table 3) The total number of prison staff dismissed for inappropriate relationship with a prisoner / ex-prisoner broken down by gender of prison officer
Table 1:
Prison staff who were subject to investigations by allegation,  2013/14 to 2017/18
2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Abuse of Sick Leave 49 54 20 16 18
Abusive Language / Behaviour towards prisoners 73 41 35 40 43
Abusive Language / Behaviour towards staff 95 64 91 79 47
Abusive Language / Behaviour towards the public / visitors 5 6 12 9 6
Action or negligence which caused / contributes to the loss, damage or injury to the Prison Service / individuals 73 56 43 44 42
Asleep on duty 16 19 23 21 27
Assault / unnecessary use of force on a prisoner 171 109 164 156 118
Assault on staff 19 10 12 20 8
Assault on the public / visitor 13 10 ~ 9 6
Breach of flexible working procedures 12 8 7 4 ~
Breach of security 508 446 449 461 406
Bringing discredit on the Prison Service 95 94 65 77 90
Bullying / Harassment 91 94 88 64 67
Corruption 7 9 6 14 11
Criminal Conviction 33 23 23 20 17
Exploitation of working relationships 9 5 12 4 7
Failure to obey a lawful and reasonable order or written instruction 116 156 92 101 61
Failure to report misconduct by others 22 36 8 12 9
Financial affairs 3 5 6 ~ ~
Fraud 50 35 44 52 19
Inappropriate relationship with a prisoner / ex-prisoner 36 34 35 38 31
Inappropriate relationship with a prisoners visitor ~ ~ ~ 4 ~
Making / Prompting false statements 71 51 58 53 37
Membership of a racist organisation ~ ~ ~ ~ 0
Misuse of IT 27 29 19 19 15
Negligence likely to endanger the security of an establishment / escape of a prisoner 61 74 69 56 27
Performance of duties 398 367 407 342 398
Police caution 15 9 9 9 11
Poor timekeeping 3 4 8 6 3
Racial harassment 17 30 17 14 9
Sexual harassment / assault 34 14 30 23 29
Theft / Fraud 20 24 25 11 13
Trafficking 14 7 17 15 18
Unauthorised absence ( AWOL) or lateness 66 69 47 50 18
Unauthorised disclosure of official information 22 19 12 11 10
Undefined 4 ~ 3 ~ ~
Undertaking secondary employment without permission 16 10 9 6 7
Unfit for duty through drink / drugs 10 9 11 14 7
Unprofessional conduct 328 313 346 322 264
Total2  2,605  2,344  2,326  2,199  1,902
Total if each member of staff only counted once2  1,512  1,362  1,368  1,288  1,067
Prison Staff relates to anyone working in HM Prison Service or the Youth Custody Service (YCS). Therefore it excludes anyone working in HQ or National Probation Service.
Staff subject to at least one investigation that was concluded during the year. If an individual had multiple charges then they will be counted multiple times, one for each charge. Therefore the total if each member of staff is only counted once is included as well at the bottom of the table
~ denotes suppressed values of 2 or fewer or other values which would allow values of 2 or fewer to be derived by subtraction. Low numbers are suppressed to prevent disclosure in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 2018.
Table 2: Prison staff dismissed after conduct and discipline action by charge type, for years 2013/14 to 2017/18
2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Abuse of Sick Leave 5 6 3 ~ ~
Abusive Language / Behaviour towards prisoners 5 5 4 3 ~
Abusive Language / Behaviour towards staff 9 3 ~ ~ 7
Abusive Language / Behaviour towards the public / visitors ~ ~ ~ 0 ~
Asleep on Duty ~ ~ 4 5 7
Assault / unnecessary use of force on a prisoner 13 13 11 16 15
Assault on Staff 0 ~ ~ ~ ~
Assault on the Public/ Visitor ~ 0 0 ~ ~
Breach of flexible working procedures 0 ~ ~ ~ ~
Breach of security 21 12 13 20 18
Bringing discredit on HMPPS 11 9 14 17 23
Bullying/Harassment 5 ~ 3 3 4
Corruption 3 0 0 ~ ~
Criminal Conviction 14 17 15 11 6
Exploitation of Working relationships ~ 0 3 0 0
Fail to report misconduct by others 3 ~ ~ ~ ~
Failure to follow order/instruction ~ 8 6 6 ~
Financial Affairs ~ ~ ~ ~ 0
Fraud 6 8 8 6 4
Inappropriate relationship with a prisoner / ex-prisoner 11 9 9 3 7
Inappropriate relationship with a prisoner Visitor 0 0 0 ~ ~
Making/Promoting False Statements 6 6 8 3 5
Membership of a racist organisation ~ 0 0 0 0
Misuse of IT 3 ~ 0 0 ~
Negligence – Loss/Damage to HMPPS/Individual 3 ~ ~ 0 ~
Negligence – Security est./escape of Prisoner ~ ~ 3 ~ 0
Performance of Duties 17 8 12 16 17
Police Caution ~ ~ ~ 5 ~
Poor Time Keeping 0 0 ~ 3 0
Racial Harassment 3 ~ ~ ~ 0
Sexual Harassment/assault 7 3 ~ 3 6
Theft 3 3 5 0 0
Trafficking 5 0 4 5 5
Unauthorised absence (AWOL) or Lateness 7 8 4 5 0
Unauthorised disclosure of information ~ ~ 5 ~ 0
Undertaking secondary employment W/O Permission 0 ~ ~ 0 0
Unfit for Duty through Drink/Drugs ~ ~ ~ 5 0
unknown 0 0 0 0 ~
Unprofessional Conduct 34 32 28 22 50
Total4  208  170  181  176  196
Total if each member of staff only counted once4  129  107  113  105  113
Prison Staff relates to anyone working in HM Prison Service or the Youth Custody Service (YCS). Therefore it excludes anyone working in HQ or National Probation Service.
Information on the outcomes of any appeal is not included.
Conduct and discipline cases are defined as where a penalty has been imposed on a member of HMPPS staff for a reason of conduct
Staff subject to at least one conduct and discipline that was concluded during the year. If an individual had multiple charges then they will be counted multiple times, one for each charge.Therefore the total if each member of staff is only counted once is included as well at the bottom of the table
~ denotes suppressed values of 2 or fewer or other values which would allow values of 2 or fewer to be derived by subtraction. Low numbers are suppressed to prevent disclosure in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 2018.
Table 3: Prison staff dismissed for inappropriate relationship with a prisoner / ex-prisoner broken down by gender of prison staff member, for years 2013/14 to 2017/18
2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Male 6 5 ~ 0 3
Female 5 4 ~ 3 4
Prison Staff relates to anyone working in HM Prison Service or the Youth Custody Service (YCS). Therefore it will not relate to anyone working in HQ or National Probation Service.
Information on the outcomes of any appeal is not included.
~ denotes suppressed values of 2 or fewer or other values which would allow values of 2 or fewer to be derived by subtraction. Low numbers are suppressed to prevent disclosure in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 2018.