Search Legislation

Prisons (Property) Act 2013


3.The Act creates a power for the governor or director of a prison to destroy or otherwise dispose of (including by way of sale) unauthorised property found in prisons. Unauthorised property includes items which it is generally unlawful to possess, such as controlled drugs and offensive weapons, items which it is illegal to possess inside a prison, such as mobile telephones, and items which may threaten prison security or safety or are otherwise inappropriate for a prisoner to have in his or her possession.

4.The power applies in relation to young offender institutions and secure training centres as it does in relation to prisons.

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources