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Offender Management Act 2007

Section 17: Power of detention in contracted out prisons and secure training centres

94.Subsection (1) amends the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (“the 1991 Act”) by inserting a new section 86A. This gives a prisoner custody officer the power to require a visitor to wait with him where that officer believes the visitor has committed an offence under sections 39 to 40D of the Prison Act 1952 or an offence of attempting, inciting, conspiring or aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of such an offence.

95.The new section 86A enables the requirement to wait to be imposed solely in order to enable a constable to arrive. It also makes clear that the period for which a visitor may be required to wait shall be for so long as is necessary for a constable to arrive and, in any event, shall not exceed two hours. Section 86A also enables the prisoner custody officer to use reasonable force to prevent the visitor whom he has detained from making off. Further, it provides that a person who makes off when required by a prisoner custody officer to wait with him will be guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

96.Subsection (2) ensures that the new power to detain extends to a prisoner custody officer performing contracted out functions at a directly managed prison.

97.Subsection (3) amends the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 by inserting a new section 9A which gives a custody officer in a secure training centre a power to detain, equivalent to that in the new section 86A of the 1991 Act.

98.Subsection (4) makes clear that the new section 9A power extends to a custody officer performing contracted out functions at a directly managed secure training centre.

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