Prisoners receive £10m compensation in last five years

Prisoners in England and Wales have received more than £10m in compensation over the past five years, figures show.

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice to the Press Association showed almost £1.6m was paid out in 2010-11.

Four prisoners got between £125,000 and £62,000 in personal injury cases. Three got £25,000 for "false imprisonment".

The MoJ said all claims were "robustly defended and would only be settled on the basis of strong legal advice" to get the best value for the taxpayer.

"The vast majority of prisoners' compensation claims are relatively trivial, do not merit financial redress, and are dismissed at an early stage," an MoJ spokesman added.

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