Handling crimes in prison: agreement

The agreement between HMPPS, the National Police Chief’s Council and the CPS on the referral, investigation and prosecution of crimes committed in prisons.


Crime in Prison Referral Agreement - 7 May 19

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This agreement aims to ensure that acts of criminality within prisons are properly addressed.

It covers crimes committed in prison by:

  • prisoners
  • staff
  • social and professional visitors
  • contractors

It applies to all prison and YOI (Young Offender Institution) establishments and to Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) operated by HMPPS.

Published 7 July 2015
Last updated 7 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Update of a protocol published in February 2015 with a new agreement.
  2. First published.