||Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on recidivism rates for prisoners
released from (a) HMP Grendon and (b) HMP Springhill in the Buckingham constituency in the last year for which figures are
available; and how they compare with similar prisons. 
Beverley Hughes: Grendon and Springhill prisons are co-located and Home Office reconviction rates for the two establishments are not
The latest two-year reconviction rates for prisoners discharged from custody cover the calendar year 1997. The two year reconviction
rate for prisoners discharged from Grendon and Springhill prisons was 29 per cent. This compares with a predicted reconviction rate,
based on factors which take account of the previous criminal history, age distribution, and offence of the prisoners discharged, of
32 per cent. For all prisoners, the two-year reconviction rate was 58 per cent.
The findings from a seven-year reconviction study of prisoners who went to Grendon prison for therapy in the years 1984 to 1989
revealed that prisoners treated there had lower reconviction rates than had been expected had they not gone to Grendon. Further
details of this research are contained in Home Office Research Findings Number 115, a copy of which is available in the Library.