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Prisoners: Statistics

Baroness David asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Blatch: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Baroness David from the Director General of the Prison Service, Mr. Derek Lewis, dated 17/7/95.

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Lady Blatch has asked me to reply to your recent Question asking what was the average number of (a) male and (b) female prisoners in England and Wales in 1994, broken down into unconvicted, unsentenced, sentenced and other prisoners.

The information requested is published in a Home Office Statistical Bulletin The Prison Population in 1994 (Table 1, Issue 8/95) issued on 27 April 1995, an extract from which is provided.

Table 1 Population in custody(i) by type of prisoner and sex, 1989–94: Annual Averages
England and Wales Number of persons(ii)

Males Females
Type of prisoner 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Prisoners on remand
Untried 8,304 7,771 7,922 7,805 7,687 8,818 375 300 292 271 285 351
Convicted unsentenced 1,727 1,749 1,845 1,902 2,592 3,049 93 84 97 112 110 139
All remand prisoners 10,031 9,521 9,768 9,707 10,279 11,867 468 384 389 383 395 490
Prisoners under sentence
Adults
Up to 18 months(iii) 7,648 7,111 7,501 7,417 7,073 8,026 391 358 364 380 396 451
Over 18 months up to 4 years (males) and 3 years (females) 10,818 9,443 9,075 9,153 8,194 8,837 257 206 169 188 187 228
Over 4 years (males) and 3 years (females) (inc. life) 11,076 11,647 11,975 12,325 11,922 12,478 470 502 497 489 414 458
All adults 29,543 28,201 28,551 28,894 27,189 29,340 1,117 1,066 1,030 1,057 998 1,137
Young offenders
Up to 18 months(iii) 3,605 3,147 3,129 2,829 2,670 2,708 104 88 72 64 79 89
Over 18 months 3,451 2,974 2,594 2,507 2,324 2,456 72 55 64 67 58 66
All young offenders 7,056 6,121 5,723 5,336 4,994 5,164 176 143 136 133 137 155
All sentenced prisoners 36,599 34,321 34,274 34,230 32,183 34,505 1,293 1,209 1,166 1,189 1,135 1,292
Non-criminal prisoners 214 197 294 303 543 611 6 4 6 5 31 29
Total population in custody 46,843 44,039 44,336 44,240 43,005 46,983 1,767 1,597 1,561 1,577 1,560 1,811
Numbers in police cells
Males Females
Type of prisoner 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Prisoners on remand
Untried 100 447 669 682 12 122 3 1 7
Convicted unsentenced 18 11 19 2 7 1 8
All remand prisoners 100 465 680 700 13 129 3 2 15
Prisoners under sentence
Adults
Up to 18 months 6 184 387 361 1 44
Over 4 years
All adults 6 184 387 361 1 44
Young offenders
Up to 18 months 11 19 22
Over 18 months
All young offenders 1 11 19 22
All sentenced prisoners 7 195 406 383 1 44
Total population in custody 107 661 1,086 1,083 14 173 3 2 15

(i) Including prisoners held in prison cells. The following breakdown has been estimated and numbers included with those held in Prison Service establishments under the relevant type of prisoner.

(ii) Components may not add to totals because they have been rounded independently.

(iii) Includes persons committed in default of payment of a fine, compensation order or costs.




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